Other Points of Departure

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The Rest of America’s Gateway to Space
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Winter 2011
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237 Old sign outside Vandenberg Air Force Base. CLUI photo

THOUGH VERY SMALL SATELLITES CAN be deployed from rockets launched from anywhere on earth, including from ships, submarines, and aircraft, larger space assets, like surveillance and communication satellites, are generally launched from fixed, land-based launch complexes.

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Centers of the USA

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Exhibit will Move to Other Centers Soon
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Winter 2011
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123 The CLUI trailer at the center of the continental USA. CLUI photo THE CENTERS OF THE USA, an exhibit produced by the Institute of Marking and Measuring and the CLUI, opened to visitors on August 14, 2010. The exhibit is inside a CLUI Unit temporarily installed at the center of the contiguous United States, north of Lebanon, Kansas, and it depicts and describes several of the “Centers” of the nation, such as the geodetic center, in Lucas, Kansas and the geographic center, near Belle Fourche, South Dakota.

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CLUI Exhibits on the Road

The CLUI exhibit Up River on display at the Beacon Institute. CLUI photo

Extra Terrestrial: The CLUI Gets Enchanted by New Mexico

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Spring 2010
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207 CLUI photo

THE CENTER ENGAGED IN A series of programs about New Mexico in 2009, including exhibitions, tours, and a new exhibit facility. These interconnected programs explored aspects of the landscape of the state, and its relevance and significance within the fabric of America.

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American Ship Breaking

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It All Comes Apart at the Bottom of America
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Spring 2010
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200 Brownsville shipbreaking, looking southward towards Mexico. CLUI photo PHOTOGRAPHS AND FILMS OF THE massive truncated hulks of scrapped ships beached on muddy Asian shores are among the most striking images of the contrasts of globalism. These images show people taking oil tankers apart by hand, and in bare feet. Somewhere around 90% of the world’s ship breaking takes place in this way in Pakistan (Gaddani Beach), Bangladesh (Chittagong) and in India.

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Elevated Descent: The Landingscape of Helipads

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Spring 2010
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195 The CLUI exhibit portrayed this elevated terrain primarily through close-up images of individual buildings with helipads, cropped from GoogleEarth. The flat vertical view of the buildings from this perspective, the prolific and transformative “google-view,” renders them as archigraphic forms - each building is depicted as a shape, labeled with the repeating, standardized markings on the helipads. GoogleEarth photos A SECOND LANDSCAPE OF LOS ANGELES is exposed when seen from above: the geometric terrain of helipads. This staggered plateau of rooftop space has arisen as if buildings push the land they displace skyward. The CLUI generated an exhibit about this landscape, Elevated Descent: The Helipads of Downtown Los Angeles, which was shown at the Center’s Los Angeles space in May, 2009.

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