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Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Troubadour's Theatre Imagination. Phoenix Squadron Completes the LDM. Space News. The Imaginarium.

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Phoenix Squadron Completes the Long Duration Mission

Cedric, Ryan, Spencer, Affan, Scott, Coach Griegg, Jonah, Zeddie, Carter, Ryan, Adriana, Jeffrey
     Yesterday, in hail of phaser fire and photon torpedo impacts, the Magellan made it back to earth with the Phoenix Squadron.  It took twelve months, but they did it - and with style.  It was a wild ride to the end.

     The missions started with the Phoenix Battle Cry led by team captain Zeddie.

     "I led my team to victory, and that's all that matters," Squadron Leader Zeddy said.  "It may not have been the neatest and cleanest end to a mission, but earth is saved, the ship is nearly in one piece, and after a year, we're alive and no worse for the wear."  
     Coach Griegg spoke highly of his young team. "They're young, there's no getting around that. They may not have the style and finesse of an older squadron, but they sure were fun - weren't they?"
     Head Coach Brittney VandenBos remarked on how far the Phoenix Squadron had come over the length of the LDM.  "They learned the importance of communication and teamwork. They learned to think through complex problems and to ask questions to gather information. I think they did a great job."

     The Phoenix Squadron had an awesome support staff on hand for their final mission. The Magellan Control Room was packed with bodies

     I asked the entire squadron, including the support team, to take to the bridge for one last team photo.  Speaking on behalf of the Voyager Club's Long Duration Mission staff, I'd like to thank the Phoenix Squadron for giving the 2014-2015 LDM mission its very best. 
     I'm told the Phoenix will rise from the ashes. Except for those aging out of the Club, the squadron's members are excited to reform the team for this school year's competition.  So with that said, we say one last farewell to this happy little squadron and wish the very best for those leaving.

Mr. Williamson

Space and Science News

50 Years Ago, Gemini 7 Blasts Off for a Complex Mission
By Mark Daymont
Voyager Club

The Titan rocket lifts off from Pad LC-19 at Cape Kennedy

On December 4, 1965, astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell were carried into space by a Titan rocket on board the Gemini VII spacecraft. Their mission was to test how astronauts could adapt to a very long space flight, and eventually they completed 20 experiments. Because of the cramped environment of the Gemini capsule, great care and planning had gone into the storage and retrieval of everything from food packs to waste sample bags and even scraps of paper.

Astronaut Lovell in the new spacesuit prior to boarding.

Both astronauts were testing a new spacesuit for this mission, the G5C design. This suit replaced the traditional helmet for a zippered hood, which would cover a NASA flight helmet which included communications gear. Additional zippers and connections were meant to make it easier to remove the suit in the tiny confines of the capsule and reduce storage space used. During the first part of the flight, the suits proved to be very uncomfortable and hot. The experience helped NASA to decide that astronauts would be better off without spacesuits on during most of a mission except during critical flight operations.
Besides the long-duration aspect of the mission, an additional parameter had been changed to test rendezvous skills that would be needed for later Apollo Moon missions. The Gemini VI mission had been planned to take place on October 25, but was cancelled when the Agena docking target was lost during blast off just before the manned mission began. Modifications were made to the Gemini VI mission, so that they could take off during the second half of the Gemini VII mission and use the Gemini VII spacecraft as its new rendezvous target.

Until that time, Borman and Lovell would spend their days in zero gravity performing experiments related to living and working in space. The worst part of the mission had to be when they were required at times to store waste samples, which would sometimes release disgusting odors into the tiny living area. Then there were also times of boredom. Following the advice of Pete Conrad, they had taken along a few books. Many of the personal health and hygiene skills practiced on this mission helped astronauts in later long-duration missions live more comfortably.

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