I stopped by the Space Center Friday night to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the founding of the Space Center by delivering cupcakes. It was a quiet celebration..... very quiet. I think I can speak for all of true blue Space Center fans when I say that we're storing up all our celebratory energy for the big 25 in two years!
I had to stop by the Space Center keep a 23 year tradition going. I've celebrated all the Space Center's anniversaries at the Space Center, and hope to keep doing it for years to come. Even if the anniversary fell on a Sunday, I'd stop by and do a quiet walk through and remember that cold, dark, chaotic November night when hundreds and hundreds of people descended on poor Central School to see this strange teacher and his space ship simulator.
Stopping by the Space Center Friday night also saved me from making a mathematical fool of myself. I spent the whole day thinking this was the Space Center's 24th anniversary. Megan set me straight as I handed her a cupcake (embarrassingly enough, she had to go through the math to prove it).
The Space Center Celebrates 23 Years
|The Phoenix crew just died. Miranda is giving them a reprieve from extended death|
time because of the Space Center's 23rd anniversary.
|The Phoenix volunteers show their anniversary excitement.|
(or are they smiling because I just gave them a delicious cupcake?)
|Jacque and Brayden caught holding hands in the Magellan Control Room.|
"We were just congratulating each other on the Space Center's 23rd anniversary," Brayden explained.
(They're engaged to be married so it was OK)
|Connor is leading the Magellan crew in a rousing rendition of|
"Hip Hip Horray!" for the Space Center's 23rd Anniversary.
|Jake is happy the Space Center is still here.|
He hopes to get a real paying job really soon!
|Marissa is happy the Space Center is still here.|
She has secret plans to overthrow Megan and Jon and
become Space Center Director General. Her innocent smile is
rehearsed and very disarming
|Michaela is always happy to have her picture taken regardless of the event|
Even the Farpoint Volunteers Join in the Celebrations by working a Magellan Mission
|Farpoint Cadet Nick|
|Lindsey, Lissa, Micayla|
|A student supplied caramel apple and a Diet Coke. Does life get any better?|
Yes, she got an A for the day. My students know the game and play it well.
Space and Science News
Astronomers have spotted a never-before-seen phenomenon in our solar system's asteroid belt: a space rock with six tails, spewing dust from its nucleus like spouts of water radiating from a lawn sprinkler.
Scientists using the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope at the summit of Maui's Haleakala volcano in Hawaii first detected the six-tailed asteroid in August. They dubbed it P/2013 P5 and noted that it looked fuzzier than typical asteroids, which usually appear as tiny points of light. Read More from Space.com
The Importance of Vaccination
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If Life Hands you Ordinary, Make it Extraordinary
|We've all been there, so let's be kind to one other because you never know|
when your turn will come around again.
|My sixth graders love the Imaginarium. We look at it once a week or so and|
find awesome, imaginative text. I love this one: "Charmed from fresh goat's cream."
|Someone on the London Underground sure loves his job!|
|Awesome Australia. Realizing they can't always change a racist, they endeavor to|
teach them good public manners.
|Creative birthday card.|
|Where is this? Point me in the right direction and I'm there.|
See what's in the Room of Rational Fears....
|OK, what else would you add?|
|Imagination on steroids.|
A university foyer in Austria