Rochester Museum & Science Center Inspiring Generations of Innovators



Circle Optics' team had a great time capturing the RMSC community and sharing the most recent camera system, Hydra II. We loved seeing so many students, families, and community leaders. We know that there is a whole new generation of optical, mechanical, and software engineers who will cite April 8th as their moment of inspiration.

We were thrilled to participate in the Rochester Museum & Science Center‘s ROC the Eclipse Festival and showcase our most recent camera system Hydra II. We met students, families and STEM enthusiasts who were very interested in the unique calibration and stitch-less capability of Circle Optics innovation.

One of the highlights of the RMSC Eclipses Festival was the interview between Representative Joe Morelle and Astronaut Dr. Lee M. Morin. Dr. Lee M. Morin was selected as an astronaut in 1996. Dr. Morin, a New Hampshire native, holds several degrees including a Doctorate of Medicine and Microbiology from New York University. The retired U.S. Navy Captain flew aboard STS-110 in 2002, which delivered the S0 (S-Zero) Truss. This voyage was the first time the station’s robotic arm was used for spacewalking as well. Dr. Morin’s unique journey to becoming an astronaut, illustrates the idea that it is never too late to chase one’s dreams. Representative Morelle humorously noted Dr. Morin’s transition from “the deepest depths to the highest heights,” a journey that not only challenges physical boundaries but also serves as a powerful metaphor for the boundless nature of human ambition and our relentless pursuit of knowledge across all frontiers.

A significant portion of their conversation focused on the evolution of technology within the context of space exploration, particularly regarding the Artemis program and the Orion Space Capsule. Dr. Morin’s transition from utilizing paper manuals to implementing electronic procedures in the Orion cockpit is indicative of a significant leap forward in how astronauts interact with their spacecraft, enhancing both efficiency and safety. This transition symbolizes the broader technological strides that continue to drive the exploration of space into new and uncharted territories.

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