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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Team Scorpio, Lost in Action. The Fourth LDM Team Lost. Starfleet Shaken. The Voyager Logo ReImagined. A Real Death Star! SpaceX and the Settlement of Mars. Theater Imaginarium.

We Remember the Scorpio Squadron. 
 Lost in Action

     Starfleet lost another squadron of its finest yesterday while doing battle with the despicable Dominion and their minions.  The Project Voyager's Team Scorpio boarded the USS Magellan at the Christa McAluliffe Space Education Center in Pleasant Grove to hunt down the terrorists responsible for the destruction of several starships and two starbases. Knowing the odds were against them, and remembering the four other missing and presumed dead Long Duration Mission squadrons who went before, Team Scorpio bravely donned their uniforms, bid their loved ones fond farewells with hugs and kisses, and boarded the Magellan for a rendezvous with fate. 
     Gone are Captain Zach, First Officer Megan, Sensors Officer Cooper, Communications Officer Jessa, Tactical Officer Dalton, Engineer Abby, Damage Control Officer Nate, and Security Officer Brooke.

The Scorpio Squadron in January 2016. 

The Last Broadcast From the Scorpio Squadron


The Original Voyager Logo Reimagined

Hello Troops,
Only the most senior of the original Space Center staff and volunteers remember the Space Center's first logo.  You can still see it painted above the Voyager's outside door next to Central School's exterior gym door.  It was also painted on either side of the USS Voyager's bridge tactical screen, then hidden when I had the two large Federation signs made (look at The Troubadour's title picture at the top of the screen).  I paid an artist good money to create that first logo but never liked it.  Because of the money spent, I felt I had to use it until I designed a new logo which the Space Center uses today.

This week Space Center volunteer Mason took that original logo and reimagined it into what you see above.  What do you think?  I like it.

Mr. W.

Death Star Discovered!  V Hydrae: A Dying Star Shooting Gigantic Balls Of Plasma. Great Idea for a Simulator Mission!

If you happen to be in the vicinity of the star V Hydrae while reading this, you may want to move out of the way.
Something near the star — a bloated red giant 1,200 light-years from Earth — is shooting giant balls of superhot plasma, each of which is twice as massive as Mars and almost twice as hot as the surface of the sun. Astronomers estimate that this stellar “cannon fire,” detected by the Hubble Space Telescope, has been occurring once every 8.5 years for at least the past 400 years.
“The current best explanation suggests the plasma balls were launched by an unseen companion star,” NASA said in a statement released Thursday. “According to this theory, the companion would have to be in an elliptical orbit that carries it close to the red giant's puffed-up atmosphere every 8.5 years. As the companion enters the bloated star's outer atmosphere, it gobbles up material. This material then settles into a disk around the companion, and serves as the launching pad for blobs of plasma, which travel at roughly a half-million miles per hour.”  Read more at International Business News
This whole thing seems like a great mission idea!  I claim it. Nobody else better touch the idea.

Mr. W. 

Elon Musk Announces His Plan to Colonize Mars and Save Humanity
ELON MUSK WANTS to go to Mars. And he wants you—especially if you are a NASA string-puller or deep-pocketed futurist—to help him get there.
Sporting Tony Stark facial hair, Musk outlined SpaceX‘s plan today at the 67th annual International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. It involves a slew of new technology: gigantic, reusable rockets; carbon fiber fuel tanks; ultra-powered engines. Plus spaceships capable of carrying a hundred or more passengers to the Red Planet, landing, then returning to Earth to pick up more. Musk doesn’t just want to go to Mars: He wants to build a civilization there. Which means he’ll need all that sweet gear to make it cheap enough to work.
By Musk’s admittedly loose estimates, buying yourself a single ticket to Mars right now (using non-existent tech) would probably cost around $10 billion. The same amount of cash could buy you a few square blocks in Midtown Manhattan. But once the so-called SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System is fully operational, he estimates that a person will be able to travel to the Red Planet for around $200,000, roughly the same as a two-bedroom in Madison, Wisconsin. The ITS—Musk says the name needs some workshopping—would accomplish these cost cuts primarily with lighter materials, stronger rockets, and reusable technology.
Learn about SpaceX's plan to transport humans to Mars.

Theater Imaginarium
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