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Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Cobra Squadron's Round One. USS Odyssey's 2316 Presidential Campaign Posters. GRAVITY WAVES DETECTED! The Imaginarium.

The Cobra Squadron Battles Round One of the Long Duration Mission

Last Saturday the Cobra Squadron did their first round of the 2016 Long Duration Mission on the USS Magellan located at the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center in Pleasant Grove.  The majority of the Cobras are current and former students of mine from Renaissance Academy in Lehi, Utah. Their an interesting squadron of intelligent, somewhat alert students who can tackle anything we have to throw at them on their good days.  

The Cobras with head coach Brittney going over mission goals and objectives. 
 Jon briefed them on the mission "Paradise Lost" then it was time to uniform up, find their way to the bridge, learn their stations, and blast off without causing too much damage to themselves, the ship, and the starbase.


Captain Carter, wearing the latest starfleet approved headwear, added a bit of class and debonair to the bridge. Ship's surgeon Lindsey was impressed and found it difficult to return to her duties in sickbay. "I've always been a distraction to the female staff no matter what ship I'm on," Captain Carter remarked to First Officer Zeddy.
"The hat doesn't do a thing for me," Zeddy sarcastically replied.    


Scott worked the tactical station but insisted on wearing a security sash and keeping a fully charged phaser on hand just for emergencies. He nearly removed Logan's head from his shoulders when he accidentally fired the phaser. The captain demanded an explanation. "How was I to know he just dropped a clipboard. It startled me," Scott explained.  


Logan spent the rest of the mission staying low and hiding out in the engineering hallway.


The crew rallied behind their captain during one of his unexplained fainting spells.  "Commanding a Federation starship can really take it out of ya," Captain Carter explained to Dr. Lindsey.
"How long have you had these?" she asked while passing her hand held mediscan over his head.
"Ever since you came on board," he replied with a wink.
"Captain, you do cause a girl to blush."
"Oh, brother!" Zeddy snorted.
"Shut up, it's February," Carter mumbled.


The crew successfully completed round one.  What happens next is anyone guess. I doubt the hat will stay, especially after first officer Zeddy's scathing secret communique reaches the zone commander at starbase.

Good Work Cobra Squadron!

The USS Odyssey Staff Display Campaign Poster for Candidates Running in the 2316 Federation Presidential Race.    

What does the staff of the Space Center's USS Odyssey do when they're bored?  The create campaign posters for the 2316 presidential candidates, that's what. Enjoy their brief spark of creativity below.





Gravity Waves Detected!  Einstein Was Right!
Scientists announce discovery of clear gravitational wave signal, ripples in spacetime first predicted by Albert Einstein

Physicists have announced the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime that were first anticipated by Albert Einstein a century ago.
“We have detected gravitational waves. We did it,” said David Reitze, executive director of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Ligo), at a press conference in Washington.
The announcement is the climax of a century of speculation, 50 years of trial and error, and 25 years perfecting a set of instruments so sensitive they could identify a distortion in spacetime a thousandth the diameter of one atomic nucleus across a 4km strip of laserbeam and mirror.
The phenomenon detected was the collision of two black holes. Using the world’s most sophisticated detector, the scientists listened for 20 thousandths of a second as the two giant black holes, one 35 times the mass of the sun, the other slightly smaller, circled around each other.
“This is transformational,” said Prof Alberto Vecchio, of the University of Birmingham, and one of the researchers at Ligo. “We have observed the universe through light so far. But we can only see part of what happens in the universe. Gravitational waves carry completely different information about phenomena in the universe. So we have opened a new way of listening to a broadcasting channel which will allow us to discover phenomena we have never seen before,” he said.





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