The music blends with the sound of the water fountains. This is a place that Sputnik shocked into existence. It has white arches that rise high above pools, pathways, and platforms. This is the center of a museum that was designed to impress young minds with the beauty, grace, and power of science. Shakespeare was not going to win the Cold War. America needed scientists to build better rockets, better satellites, better space suits, better jets than the Soviets. That space/technology/arms race came to an end in 1989, with the fall of a wall in Berlin. Today, Russia is more of a nuisance than a threat. And nowhere in the world will you find anything like actually existing socialism or an alternative to market-centered ideology. As a consequence, the Pacific Science Center has become a museum of a future that's now buried in the past.
A tune drifts from one of the platforms. A very white half moon is low in the sky. The sun is slowly setting. A helicopter lifts with urgency from a pad on top of KOMO's headquarters. A golden pod beams up the slim stem of another Cold War monument: the Space Needle. The tune is new and called "Remedy."