Science and Tech museum to lose icons

Yet another symbol of successive governments disdain for the Science and Technology museum. This is why we can't have nice things.

“For safety reasons related to their deterioration, the Atlas rocket and the oil pumpjack that have for many years graced the lawns of Technology Park in front of the Canada Science and Technology Museum (CSTM) will be removed,” the museum announced Tuesday.

The pumpjack is the green machine that acts as the above-ground drive system for the pump in an oil well. Thousands of them dot the land in Western Canada.

The shiny Atlas rocket is the property of the United States Air Force and has been here on loan since 1973, but the Americans don’t want it back.