We start the week by welcoming two new cadets into our Farpoint Voyagers Space and Science Club. Marissa and Jessa were both at the CMSEC yesterday working Magellan missions. I interviewed them both and think they'll make excellent members of our ever growing group of space and sci-fi enthusiasts. Be sure to welcome them by introducing yourself when you see them next.
James Porter, CMSEC director, caught in a holiday mood. Some are disgusted by this early display of holiday cheer, while others welcome the stocking and lights thinking it adds a sense of jovialness to an otherwise dreary Magellan control room. What do you think?
I, on the other hand, am a level three flight director. There are only a few of us still alive. What is the difference you ask? If this were a level three flight director, you'd see one hand on the mouse, one hand on the other computer and the flight director's nose on the light switch ready to flip the ship to red alert. A level three FD wouldn't need the assistant of that volunteer whose hand is seen in the photo above. Three things at once is not a problem for a level three.
Keep up the good work James. The Intergalactic Society of Benevolent Aristocratic and Well Mannered Level Three Flight Directors support your further training. We hope one day, perhaps in ten or twenty years, we will add your name to our membership roll.
Andrew glanced up to reference the origin of my question. "We tell new volunteers to look up. They see the sign, then we can say they're gullible."
I think the humor escaped me. "Whose idea was it to put that up?" I asked.
"I would have expected that," I responded while remembering the many things Marissa B. did in the name of dry humor during my tenure as CMSEC Director.
The Discovery Room at the CMSEC Gets New Lighting
James Porter demonstrated his skill with hammer and saw by installing new mood lighting in the Discovery Room at the CMSEC. The LED lighting system can display zillions of colors across the spectrum. "We have to be careful," James explained to Jon Parker during Jon's training on the proper use of the Spectrometer. "Keep the system's controls in the visible light spectrum. Sliding the remote dial into the red," James pointed to the bright red section on the unit's hand held remote control labelled 'Warning' with a skull and crossbones, "releases light in the microwave to xray spectrum. Good for cooking a hot dog on the counter or anywhere else in the room, but really bad for people - especially the xray setting.""Gosh, you ain't a kidding," Jon exclaimed.
The Galileo Gets New Steps. Coolness Factor X 10
The Galileo Simulator has a new set of retractable steps. During the mission they stay hidden under the simulator.
The new steps move out and lock into position when the ship's door opens.
The times 10 coolness factor comes into play when you see the steps lit up in the dark. The exterior side mounted handle (for those who need to steady themselves during the hike up and down from the ship) is also illuminated. Can things get any better at the CMSEC?
Have a Great Week Troops!
Rosetta mothership launching the Philae (animation)
Philae comet lander (animation)
Philae comet lander actual photo from comet's surface
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's size in relation to the city of Paris
By Mark Daymont
Expedition 41 Ends, Lands Safely on Earth
After a mission of 6 months, the Expedition team of Maksiim Surayev (RSA), Reid Wiseman(NASA), and Alexander Gerst(ESA) turned over command of the ISS to Expedition 42 on November 9. On the 10th, they boarded the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft and undocked from the station. A few hours later, they activated their rockets to de-orbit and re-enter the atmosphere for a safe parachute landing back on Earth.
Station view of the Soyuz spacecraft, in the distant center of picture.