T-rex in Space! – June 26, 2019

Earlier this week, I went on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Sharing with you today something out-of-this-world! Back in 1992, a house was being constructed in Littleton, Colorado. During excavations, workers discovered bones (scapula, legs, ribs, vertebrae and a tooth) that turned out to be from a Tyrannosaurus Rex, dating back 66 – 100 million years ago (Late Cretaceous)!

Fast-forward to December 5, 2014, when Lockheed Martin and NASA conducted an unmanned test flight of NASA’s new Orion spacecraft. This test flight was the first time since Apollo 17 that we got that far away from Earth and so the spacecraft was filled with lots of interesting stuff (7,400 items). Included in that was the first-ever dinosaur fossil to visit space – the museum’s T-rex tooth that I’m holding! Extreme care was taken not to drop it!