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11/9/05 | 8:50 pm | Solution: Mercury Space Capsule

We got a good number of answers for this one. More people knew about the Belt Weigh = Belt Way = Capital Belt Way than I had thought. I actually had no idea what that was until I saw it in Google Maps. I think quite a few of you have actually driven on it as well!

Solution to “Mercury Space Capsule”


About five min. I orriginaly googled ‘belt weigh’ to no avail, though i did get to find out about some interesting machinery. On a hunch I googled the phrase ‘belt way’ I was then corrected by google to search for ‘beltway’ and I discovered that there was a section of highway arround DC that is called the beltway. So I started there. I naturaly started at the bottom of the loop (habbit) and moved clockwise untill I stumbled upon the park. Great clue, I’ve been feeling kinda stupid with the last couple, and being that I don’t have as much time as I did in the summer (stupid college don’t they know I need time to roogle?)

Ken S was one who lives in the area:

I got one after a long dry spell. I immediately thought of the DC Beltway, which I drive several times a week. I was suprised to find the shape in a park that I visited a couple years ago. 5 minutes.

Mike B as well, and gives some hint as to what it is:

After living in the DC area for mor than 20 years, I know there is really only one “Beltway”. This is a water park in Fairfax County. Less than 5 minutes.

Mike M lives nearby too:

Living within twenty minutes of DC has its perks. Took about a minute.


5 minutes…

Judy B also says water park:

Got this one is a couple of minutes. Water park maybe?

Jon G puts a name to it:

Only took a few minutes. Immediately thought of the Beltway and Washington, DC. Luckily it was right by the first part of the Beltway that I checked so that I didn’t have to circle around all of DC. Thanks for putting up a clue though, it was fun. I miss the good ol’ days when there was 3 clues per week, but I understand that it took a lot of time on your part. I just wanted to reminisce. Oh yeah, in case anyone is curious, it looks like the space capsule is a wave pool and the green around it is probably some kind of artificial turf, at the Great Waves water park.

Mark L:

Oh man that was too easy…… looks like there is only one “Beltway”….. just did a circular tour of 495 around Washington DC and found it right away…. couple of minutes.


Hopefully I made it, this is the first time I’m able to solve a clue…thank you so much….^_^ It took me about 15 minutes


I googled “Virginia beltway” because I thought I had heard of a beltway in Virginia. I found out about the Capital Beltway that encircles Washington, DC. Sure enough, the clue was right along the Capital Beltway just outside of Alexandria. It took about five minutes.

Tim J got distracted first, exactly what happened to me! There are so many possible roogle clues in the city:

Good clue, it does look exactly like a space capsule. This one took about 10 minutes, but only because there are so many interesting things to see around Washington that I kept getting distracted.

Katie N:

It took me about 2 minutes, and only because I started at the opposite side of the beltway.

Richard K:

Just got on the Belt Way and drove around town.

Dan M:

Literally 4 seconds. By chance I started at 395 and the beltway because Washington
International Teleport, CSPAN, and PBS are customers. See those dishes? Then I just went east. Cool!

Jen S:

About an hour searching around 495

Ok, I gotta jet out early tonight so I’ll see all of you next week!

Solution to “Mercury Space Capsule”

2 Responses to “Solution: Mercury Space Capsule”

  1. shawnd Says:

    I can’t believe I couldn’t find this one. I immediately went to the D.C. beltway, then I Googled the Washington DC Weights & Measures department (belt “weigh”) and came up with 1110 U St Se. A direct line from this address to the beltway would have taken me within a mile of the space capsule. I think the hybrid button hid the wave pool from me. That’s my excuse anyways.

    However, I did find this similar one just a few miles away:

  2. Scavengeroogle Says:

    Shawn - that’s a nice find! It actually looks nearly identical to the other wave pool. And regarding the hybrid button, I’ve found that it does get in the way once in awhile but usually not for solving. Actually the zoom slider gets in the way more for me!