Yesterday was Super Saturday at the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center in Pleasant Grove. Although not sure, I believe there were twenty or so campers in attendance flying the Magellan and the Galileo. I stopped by the CMSEC to meet a couple new Farpoint Cadet volunteers and to take a few pictures of the Super Saturday. The Space Center's new director, Megan Warner ( I retired at the end of the school year to build a new Space Education Center called Farpoint - Farpointstation.org) wants everyone to know that the Space Center is open for business. "Everybody seems to think we are still closed," she explained. "I need to get work our that we are open with camps, field trips and private missions." I'm doing my part to get the word out.
Farpoint Cadet Monthly Meeting
I started the day waking up on my pad in Stone Gate's Great Hall, home of the Discovery Space Center. I chaperoned the DSC's 48 Hour Camp. I woke the boys up at 7:10 A.M., got them situated and escaped. I had an 8:00 A.M. meeting at Renaissance Academy with the Farpoint Station Creative Team. I sat and was creative for 90 minutes before excusing myself to go to the CMSEC for our July Farpoint Cadet training meeting and activity. Our Farpoint Cadet Corp is made up of several of Utah's best and brightest youth. Many of them came to Saturday's meeting to learn from one of the Space Center's best, Megan Warner.
|The "Pirates" tormenting a Voyager Security Guard in the Brig just before escaping|
|A Pirate gaining the trust of an unsuspecting Voyager security guard.|
"Hey I need to talk to your captain. Go up and get him will ya?"
Apollo 13 Activity
A few of our cadets stayed after the meeting for the CMSEC's Apollo 13 class while others went to work on the Super Saturday.
|Bradyn S., trapped in space on a damaged spacecraft with limited tools and materials to make repairs to get home.|
What will he do?
|Tristan, Bradyn's ship mate reviewing what they have. Time is running out.|
Will the repairs be made in time? Will they get back to Earth?
|Cadets Kayla and Jacob were in the adjoining capsule facing the same problem.|
Air was running out and the temperatures in the craft were dropping.
|Mrs. Houston is the Space Center's primary educator. She is teaching the CMSEC's summer classes.|
|She's checking on the astronauts. The cadets work in complete darkness except for one|
flashlight. I had the lights on for the photo.
|The cadets postpone certain death to take a quick lunch break|
Welcome to Farpoint's Newest Cadets
|Josh S., is a new Farpoint Cadet (left). The Super Saturday was Josh's first mission as a new cadet.|
He is sitting beside Nathan K., a long time cadet. Both cadets were assigned to the Phoenix.
|Jordan (left) is training to fly the Phoenix. He worked the Super Saturday with|
Michael, a CMSEC staff supervisor and our two cadets
|The Phoenix was supervised by Michael (blue shirt). Michael is|
reviewing the highlights of the mission with Nathan and Josh.
The crew was waiting in the hall, almost ready to board.
|Anti-matter and dilithium crystals power the CMSEC's starship simulators.|
Captain Crunch with Crunchberries fuel Miranda, the Phoenix Flight Director
|The Magellan Super Saturday staff and cadet volunteers.|
Farpoint Cadets are in the black shirts. Left to right: Carter K., Zoe F., Spencer S., and Jake H.
Zoe is another new cadet. This Super Saturday was her first volunteer mission.
Connor L., was the Super Saturday Magellan Flight Director. Jackie and Andrew supervised.
|Nicole VandeBoss is in civilian clothes. Nicole was the Magellan's Set Director before the center closed for renovation. Nicole is getting ready to take an internship teaching position in Heber.|
|Michaela T., is seen helping Magellan Supervisor Andrew M., load|
the Magellan's Super Saturday command crew
|Erin W., is briefing the Galileo's Super Saturday crew.|
|Farpoint Cadet Sam U., ready to answer questions during the Galileo crew's training|
|Flight Director Erin waits in the Galileo control area with Jace, one of our top cadets from Lehi.|
Today's Staff as Young Volunteers.
|A picture from 2004 or 2005 showing a very young Skyler Carr at the CMSEC.|
Skyler was a volunteer at the CMSEC while in Junior High School
Skyler is now an assistant director at the Discovery Space Center
Do Try to Make the Ordinary, Extraordinary
Thank you very much
|Creative thinking when you don't have a rope or hook|
|Very weird. Would you feel comfortable using it?|
|Yep, do it all the time; works great except at funerals.|
|A Troubadour Public Service Announcement|
|At least they're an honest company|
|Perfect product placement|
|My favorite gem of the day.|
Jurassic Pork :) It's too good.
Same Scene, Then and Now
Try this if you can. Find an old picture from your town, find the exact spot where the photo was taken and take a new photo. A little photoshoping and you've got it - then and now.