Published On: Fri, Jun 6th, 2014

“Chicxulub Crater Science Museum” Inauguration

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State officials, researchers, scientifics and academics led Thursday’s opening of the new “Chicxulub Crater Science Museum” located in the upper level of the Yucatan Science and Technology Park Library.

At the ceremony, Governor Rolando Zapata Bello declared that: “the opening of this museum initiates a series of tasks designed to promote learning and knowledge of the Chicxulub Crater and its general relation to life on Earth“.

Guided tours for children from all public and private schools in the state of Yucatán is an important part of this program”, he added.

This is an open access for the people to approach science and research. We want to invite our society to come to this museum, make it a part of their own and turn it into a space for reflection and debate on knowledge,” Zapata Bello said.

Governor Zapata Bello at the Museo del Cráter de Chicxulub

Governor Zapata Bello at the Museo del Cráter de Chicxulub

The new facility consists of four thematic halls, “The Universe and Solar System,” “Chicxulub Crater Impact“, “Evolution and Biodiversity” and “Yucatan and its Natural Environment.

Jaime Urrutia Fucugauchi, researcher of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and one of the leading scholars and promoters of research and exploration of the Chicxulub Crater and its impact zone was present at the opening ceremony.

In his speech, Urrutia Fucugauchi highlighted the importance of this new museum that will bring knowledge to our society, regarding such an important event as was the impact of a meteor that undoubtedly triggered radical changes in the evolution of our planet.

Inauguration of the Museo del Cráter de Chicxulub

Inauguration of the Museo del Cráter de Chicxulub

The museum is part of an initiative promoted by the State Government through the System for Research, Innovation and Technological Development of the State (Sistema de Investigación, Innovación, y Desarrollo Tecnológico del Estado: Siidetey), with support from the Scientific Research Center of Yucatan (Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán: CICY), the National Council for Science and technology (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología: CONACYT) and the UNAM.

Museum working hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 10:00 am for school groups, and from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm for the public.

Source: http://www.unionyucatan.mx

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