February 12, 2009 Guests

Guest : H. E. Mr. Jose Fernandez de Cossio Rodriguez (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cuba to Japan)

H. E. Mr. Jose Fernandez de Cossio Rodriguez, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cuba to Japan, has visited Miraikan.

At Miraikan, there are exhibits related to Cuba. For example there is the "K-T boundary" on the 5F. A giant crater was created on the Yucatan Peninsula due to the impact of a meteorite that occurred 65 million years ago. The "K-T boundary," which is the layer that was generated during that impact, was discovered in Cuba. The ambassador's group was familiar with this investigation and the research and eagerly viewed these exhibits. Also, he smiled when he found a photograph of cosmonaut Arnoldo Tamayo Mendez, a hero of Cuba that flew with Soyuz in 1980 among all the photographs of astronauts on the Oval Bridge from the 5F.

He eagerly asked questions to the science communicator who provided explanations for the global warming simulation projected near the symbol exhibit Geo-Cosmos and the exhibits on Earth's environment.  It was obvious that his interest toward the environment was high.  Furthermore, he was listening to the explanations as he interestedly asked questions about the medicine area and each segment of the R&D facility such as the "Displaying 3D Contents into Free Space Project" and "Humanoid Robots Project."

He had evaluated Miraikan very highly and has made warm remarks such as how information concerning the existence of this wonderful science museum should be communicated widely to visitors to Japan from overseas. 

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