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Monday, December 9, 2013

Farpoint Voyager Club Meets Thursday. Will You Save Christmas at the DSC, Win a Family Mission. Farpoint Cadet Journal. Space and Science News. The Imaginarium

Hello Troops,
The start to a good week is a promenade through The Troubadour.  

Farpoint Voyager Club Meets Thursday

Attention Farpoint Voyager Cadets
The Farpoint Voyagers next general membership meeting is this Thursday in the London Room at Renaissance Academy.  The meeting starts at 6:30 P.M. and ends at 7:45 P.M.  This is a meeting you don't want to miss if at all possible.  We will be discussing the engineering of a starship simulator in preparation for the construction of the Vanguard, our first Farpoint simulator - scheduled to open this June here at Renaissance.  

Our general membership meetings follow a STEAM curriculum.

Arts and sci-fi

We work through the topics in a cycle, with two meetings per month, one on a Thursday and the second on a Saturday morning.  We did technology last time and had a great turn out.  We will do Engineering this Thursday.  Arts and Sci Fi will be the next meeting.  

This Thursday's meeting agenda:
The history of the first simulators at Central (Mr. Williamson)
The design of each of the CMSEC's simulators - the good, the bad and the ugly.
       (this is the part of the meeting where we decide what we want in the Vanguard and what we don't want)
What makes a great ship and how do we do it cheaply (Kyle Herring, chief designer of the CMSEC's Magellan, Galileo and Phoenix simulators)

Then we will break into small groups and let you brainstorm a design for the Vanguard based on the dimensions of the room.

Please RSVP and let me know if you can make it.  It is your chance to have input in the design of a simulator.  How awesome is that?

Mr. Williamson

News from the Discovery Space Center

     There will be a drawing EVERYDAY this week for our new Christmas mission. Each winner will get to bring their entire family to try and save Santa's elves and save Christmas. This mission is perfect for ages 3 and up and will take your family's Christmas experience to new heights!
     There is more than one way to enter the drawing - so make sure you do all of them to increase your chances to win! And don't forget to do it each day!!

1. To be eligible, simply "LIKE" the Discovery Space Center page.
2. "SHARE" this giveaway photo.
3. "TAG" someone you know who has a family who is brave enough to help you save Christmas!

     Starting Tuesday we will compile the names of everyone who has entered and announce the winner from that day. We will be doing the same thing each day until Saturday - so don't give up if you don't win early on. Each winner will get to bring up to 6 family members for free.
     If you want to skip the wait, or want to do it more than once, visit to reserve your family's spot today! Space is limited so book your mission as soon as you can!
     If you have any questions please emails and we will be glad to help you.

Farpoint Cadet Journal
Scott H.

On Mission Observations

     When on a mission at the Space Center one would think about the mission, their job and how much fun they're having.  However, nobody ever thinks, or knows, about the staff behind the scenes.  They are pushing buttons, flipping switches, and so much more.
     The staff prepares and runs the mission.  They sit creating missions and giving the difference officers aboard the ship things to do.  Back in the control room there are buttons, switches, and like four keyboards per computer.
     Staffing will be fun.  I am so excited.  This is really cool.

Space and Science News

The Problem with Space Debris

From Quarks to Quasars
The problem with space debris isn’t that it’s just a problem of having all this trash floating around, or that it will have an environmental impact (since anything that re-enters the atmosphere typically disintegrates). The real problem with space debris is the speed of that debris, and the possibility that said debris will impact other (more valuable) objects in orbit. And we’re not talking about a fender-bender here; we’re talking about two rather fragile thousand-pound objects colliding at speeds of tens of thousands of miles an hour.

In the event that two objects impact one-another, the collision creates a massive debris cloud which is also traveling at thousands of miles an hour. Anything from stray solar panels to a screw could obliterate another spacecraft (imagine a screw traveling 20,000 miles an hour). That debris would then hit other objects in orbit, which creates more debris and hits more objects and….you get the picture.  Read More

Time: Examining the Wibbly, Wobbly, Timey Wimey...Stuff 

From Quarks to Quasars
Time is perhaps one of the greatest mysteries of the Universe. Scientists and philosophers alike explore what time means, how it works, and what it’s made of. All throughout time (see what we did there?) questions have arose about the nature of time–questions like “Did humans invent time?”“do animals experience time?”, “Is time the same everywhere?” Many of these questions do not have a solid or steadfast answer, but that doesn’t mean that we, as humans,  stop seeking the answers.

Since time is a subject that has philosophical undertones, in certain instances,  it is outside of the realm of science. So instead of focusing on the nature of time, let’s focus on how humans observe time in a physical sense.  Read More

The Imaginarium
You can keep the ordinary.  As for us, we demand Extraordinary

Farpoint Contributions
Bradyn S.

 The "UP" home recreated in Herriman

A new smart vending machine......
There is something to be said for the old models

Christmas on the cheap side

Perfect reading for the underachiever

UPS answers Amazon's drone air delivery proposal

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