Hello Space Fans!
Last Saturday I stopped by the Discovery Space Center at Stone Gate and found them in the process of moving locations. It was a good two years at Stone Gate, but with the opening of Canyon Grove's Space Center just two minutes away by car, it made better business sense to combine the two Center's operations into one. Canyon Grove is also better situated to handle space camps. It has classrooms, a gym, cafeteria, large bathrooms, and showers for the longer summer camps.
Nathan King was in the Atlantis Control Room telling the last mission of the Atlantis before the simulator closed permanently later that day.
DSC equipment was being gathered in the Command Room waiting for shipment to Canyon Grove (photo above). You old timers may recognize the two mattresses on the left. Casey purchased them from the school district when the Voyager closed. They are two of the the old staff mattresses you use to fight over on the overnight camps. The Blue Shirts slept on the mattresses, everyone else was stuck with the pads or the carpet.
I went in search of pictures documenting the last Saturday missions at Stone Gate. Kendrick and staff were upstairs in the Columbia. Kendrick's brother Cameron was learning the finer points of flight directing from his older brother.
Cade, seeing an opportunity to get his picture on The Troubadour, inserted himself into the next shot.
DSC's staff are a lot of fun.
The mission took a plot turn which redirected their attention to the Columbia crew.
The Discovery Space Center at Canyon Grove
As of today, the Discovery Space Center is now officially headquartered at Canyon Grove Academy in Pleasant Grove. Canyon Grove is a K-9 public charter school. The DSC has two simulators at the school; the Everest and the Pathfinder.
The entrance to the Center is through these two doors just off of the school's cafeteria.
This is the view walking toward the Space Center
This is the view looking from the Space Center's doors toward the hallway where the DSC's office is located.
DSim and Discovery Space Center use this classroom just off the cafeteria as the company's office. Today Jorden O. and Brandon Wright were working on new computer programs for DSC's summer missions.
Jorden loves the quiet in the office. "This is a place where I can think and get stuff done," Jorden explained.
This is simulator loading hallway for both ships. The Everest is on the left, Pathfinder on the right.
The light at the end of the loading hallway is very cool.
Just to the east of the loading hallway is a flat screen showing a map of the Colonial Universe.
Nathan and Logan had a full day of missions in the Pathfinder. "I love my job," Nathan repeated over and over again despite the usual opening day glitches every simulator experiences on its maiden voyage.
Andrew E., is one of our Farpoint Voyagers. He and several friends made up the Pathfinder's opening day crew. I popped in to take a picture or two of the crew in action.
The Everest staff were busy training a new young crew while Andrew and his team continued their four hour mission next door in the Pathfinder.
Crew and staff security are of paramount importance to the people at the Discovery Space Center. Both simulators, along with most of the school itself, are under around the clock surveillance.
And in case you're wondering what fuels the good people at the Discovery Space Center at Canyon Grove.