|Kyler Herring Sleeping on the Job|
What is this!? The Great Fish asleep on the job in my chair no less? Finally we have proof that Kyle Herring was human after all. Why he choose to nap at my desk is a mystery considering the CMSEC had 30 beds to chose from in the simulators. Remember, this was during the CMSEC's Voyager Era, a time when Overnight Space Camps ruled the day. I'm trying to remember what ship Kyle would have been working on back when this photo was taken. It's fun to see the old technology. Get a look at that ancient ipod and phone. And in case you're wondering, the calculator seen in the lower right had side of the photo is still on my desk at Renaissance Academy and used daily.
The Apollo 13 summer space camp classroom activity was told first during the summer camp season of 2002. Bryson Lystrup is wearing his Space Center Blues in the photo above. He was a young and upcoming supervisor and always willing to lend a hand. This was the time when the "Voyager Boys" as they were known, ruled the roost on the Voyager; much to the annoyance to the other young staff and volunteers :)
You're right if you think the young man on the far right is none other than Spencer Dauwalder, another of the Space Center's finest. This was taken when Spencer was a camper, before his volunteering days. He would have been in the sixth grade I'm guessing. Spencer went on to become another fantastic supervisor and Voyager flight director.
A Busy Week on the USS Voyager at Farpoint Space Education Center
|Farpoint Space Education Center's 5th Grade Cobra Squadron|
Another busy week ended yesterday for the staff and volunteers at Renaissance Academy's Farpoint Space Education Center in beautiful Lehi, Utah. Farpoint is nestled up against the booming Silicon Slopes - Utah's technology center.
Four Young Astronaut and Voyager Clubs launched this week on their seven-month Long Duration Mission starting with the 5th Cobras and ending with the Secondary Voyager Club's Dragon Squadron on Saturday.
Tuesday's 6th Scorpions were good on the ship and walked away with high points under the firm command of Captain Riley and First Officer Anthony. Chief of Security Adler, by uncovering his chiseled bicep for all to see in the squadron photo just released by Space Guard's Press Office, is formally warning all foes to beware of the pythons living on board the USS Voyager.
The Thursday 6th Lion Squadron took the photo session with a more formal approach. Captain Nathan proudly unveiled his newly cleaned pearly whites with the biggest smile of all. He is pining for an advertising contract with Crest as they prepare to launch a new toothpaste - Deflectors Up with fluoride.
Friday ended the traditional work week (except for those of us in the Space Centering community) with the 6th Grade Tiger Squadron. My advice for anyone wishing this team harm is to back away ever so slowly and not look back. They are capable of slaying any foe of freedom and democracy with an arsenal of good looks and witticisms. By the way, Chief of Security Bryce used the occasion to answer the Scorpion's Chief of Security Adler's pose with a demonstration of his own pythons.
"What Adler had to show might scare a squadron of Brownie novices," said Bryce, "but not the 6th Tigers!"
Announcing a New Mission Told Only on the USS Voyager. Sleeping Giants
|The Secondary Dragon Squadron Receiving Their Mission Briefing for Sleeping Giants|
|The Voyager Club's Saturday Dragon Squadron|
InfiniD Prepares to Launch the Newest InfiniD Lab Simulator in Southen Utah
Majestic Fields Elementary School in St. George, Utah will be the newest home to an InfiniD Lab simulator. The good folks at InfiniD were there this weekend installing the lights, sound, and software.
Welcome Majestic Field Elementary School to the InfiniD family and the expanding family of SpaceEdVenturing schools discovering the power of simulator centered experiential education.
|Up Goes the Newest InfiniD Lab in St. George, Utah|
The SpaceEdVenture Directors Meet to Imagineer the Way Ahead
Late Wednesday afternoon the directors of the SpaceEdVenture Consortium met at the TDSC Canyon Grove Academy site to continue the imagineering required to forge ahead with new missions and digital assets to provide the students and visitors the best experience possible at the three member space centers: Telo Discovery Space Center, Farpoint Space Education Center at Renaissance Academy, and the Lions Gate Center at Lakeview Academy.
In the photo above Maeson Busk was proud to show his newest tactical creations to Ryan Anderson and Nathan King. The team is busy at work getting screens ready for the debut of Ryan Anderson's first mission soon to be told on the USS Hyperion when it opens.
|Lion Gate Center Director Nathan King demonstrating the proper attitude required when creating tactical assets.|
Space News. 50 Years Ago, November 1967
by Mark Daymont
50 Years Ago: Apollo 4 Flight Gets the US Closer to the Moon
Lift-off of the mighty Saturn V rocket assembly from pad 39. NASA.
After the fire disaster of Apollo 1, tests still continued while lessons were learned and changes were made to the Apollo command and service modules. Possibly faulty wiring and systems in the Apollo Block 1 command modules were redesigned to bring newer, better safety factors in line with program directives. There was still a use for the Block 1 command modules though, and the flight of Apollo 4 was one of them.
Stages being assembled in the giant Vehicle Assembly Building, or VAB.
The Apollo 4 mission, also designated as AS-501, was the first mission to start with the Apollo naming protocol. The families and friends of the Apollo 1 fire tragedy had insisted failed test being redesignated as Apollo1. Three other Saturn test flights had occurred before this mission, but had used the Saturn 1b first stage for the unmanned tests. This Apollo 4 mission had been delayed from its original date in 1966, due to the Apollo 1 Stand-down and the delays in re-wiring and re-equipping the newer Block 2 capsules. Thus it was that this mission would use a still-functional, unmanned Apollo Block 1 capsule as a test capsule to record data during the flight.
The fully-fitted Saturn V stack inside the VAB, in one of the four assembly bays. On a humid day, tiny clouds could form at the very top inside the building.
Roll-out of Apollo4 on the giant crawler and tower transporter, slowly moving away from the VAB.
Apollo 4 in place on pad 39A. The crawler has already unlocked and moved away from the launch base.
The Saturn V's first stage heaving the rocket into the upper atmosphere.
Liftoff finally occurred on November 9. This was the first flight of the Stage 1C and S-2 second stage. It was the first time NASA had restarted the S-IV-B third stage. The capsule was placed into a high arc to simulate the returning velocity of capsule coming back from the moon. The capsule safely passed through re-entry, chutes deployed, and it landed in the Pacific ocean not far from the recovery ship USS Bennington. It was a hugely important mission, because it proved that the Saturn V could work, and that the systems were in place to get men to the Moon and back safely before the end of the decade.
Apollo 4 capsule ends its trip in the Pacific Ocean.
Apollo 4 command module next to the USS Bennington before retrieval.
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