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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Space Needle: Who wonders about the amazing Space Needle!

Hello my bloggers this is a long version of
my version of the Space Needle post on wonderopolis (and not copy & pasted):

In Seattle there is a landmark you might be wondering about right away! It will look like a tower crossed with an unidentifyed-flying-object(UFO). What are we talking about the Space Needle!  In 1962 Seattle hosted the World's Fair, which focused on what life might be like in the 21st century.

 The city wanted an iconic landmark to be built for the fair which would represent its futuristic vision. It was inspired by the Stuttgart Tower In Germany, someone called Edward E. Carlson drew an initial drawing that features a structure that resembled a tethered balloon. Over many years and with input from other people, including architect John Graham, Carlson's design morped into the great familiar flying saucer shape we know today.

When the Space Needle was time to build, experts knew the tall structure needed a solid foundation. It took 467 cement trucks over 12 hours to pour concrete into a hole that was 30 feet deep and 120 feet wide!

 When the huge underground foundation was completed, it weighted almost the same as the carbon steel Space Needle structure itself. As a result, the huge observation tower's center of gravity is just five feet abvove the ground!

The Space Needle was completed approximately 50 years ago from this year in December 1961. It opened to the public on April 21, 1962, the first day of the World's Fair. Featuring an observation deck with 360-degree views of Seattle and the surrounding area, as well as a revolving restaurant, the Space Needle was a huge hit with the over two million visitors if the World's Fair.

Today, the Space Needle ramains an icon of the Seattle landscape. It's one of the top tourist destinations in the city, where visitors and tourists can view the amazing: Mount Rainier, Elliott Bay, and the Olympic and Cascade Mountains.

The Space Needle stands 605 feet tall and is 138 feet wide. Weighing 9,550 tons, the structure can withstand winds of up to 200 mph, as well as earthquakes of up to 9.1 magnitude. The top of the Space Needle also features lots of lightning rods, infact there are 25 lightning rods that help to absorb and disperse the many lightning strikes the structure receives every single day.

Many visitors enjoy the 41-second elevator ride to the observation deck at 520 feet, so if you are scared of heights you might not want to go up to the observation deck infact any at all! If you're hungry, you can also enjoy a good gourmet meal at the rotating SkyCity restaurant just below the observation deck.

If you have read this whole entire post you now know about the Space Needle!
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Dictionary:
 Futuristic: Someting that is in the future/ looks like it is in the future
Initial: existing or occurring at the beginning.
Resembled: have a similar appearance to or qualities in common with (someone or something); look or seem like.
Solid: other word for hard
360-degree: A view of the whole area; in other words it can see/face everything

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