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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Building a New Space Center Isn't an Easy Task, Just ask the Think Tank. Meet this Week's Young Astronauts and Voyagers who Survived the Supernova Long Duration Mission. Construction Update on the New Christa McAuliffe Space Center. Imaginarium Theater.

A Think Tank was Convened to Put the Finishing Touches on the Designs for the Christa McAuliffe Space Center's New Simulators
    
     Last Tuesday James Porter called a meeting of the minds to put the finishing touches on the designs for the simulators going into the new Christa McAuliffe Space Center scheduled to open in the spring of 2020.
     I attended as a member of the CMSC's Advisory Board and as one of the Minds assigned to imagineering the new "Galactica" (working name) along with the Galactica's Set Director, Jon Parker. The brainstorming session was held in the CMSC's Discovery Room.  Those present were divided into their respective simulator teams.   



     Maeson, Orion and Nathan comprised the Galileo Team.  I think Nathan is imagining the new Galileo with gigantic longhorn steer horns attached to the front. 


     Of course I could be wrong about that because I couldn't stay long enough to hear their presentation.  But just imagine the new Galileo with a set of those horns attached directly above the main viewer.  That would get people talking and set the ship apart from the rest.
Don't think James would approve though.


     The Porter brothers made up the "Jupiter" (working title) team.  The "Jupiter" will be the CMSC's largest simulator (sorry Magellan, you'll have to ride in the backseat).  James is the Space Center's director. Stephen is one of those Space Center legends from years back.  


The Odyssey team was composed of Natalie, Lindsey, and Tabitha.  Matt Ricks floated from team to team gathering intel for reasons unknown.  Rumor has it that he will be building the isolinear panels for every ship. If so, that would explain his curiosity.  Another possibility I'm leaning toward is that Matt is an unregistered operative for the Chinese secret service. 


What James wants, James gets; and James wanted Dave Wall at this meeting consulting with Connor Larsen for the new Magellan.  I'm sure it took a bit of persuasion to get Dave to come down into the valley from his home atop Draper Heights but he did it.  

Dave was one of the Space Center's first volunteers, along with his good friends Bill Schuler and Mark Daymont.  Dave designed and built the first Odyssey with his brother Steve.  Dave was the Odyssey's first flight and set director.  


Jordan, Brylee, and Lissa make up the Phoenix Imagineering Team.  They are happy the new Phoenix will be larger than the original. Their biggest problem is what to do with the extra space!  Also, will the new Phoenix have FRP wall panels?  Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available. 

James will take the ideas from the think tank to his next meeting with the architects.  


Last Week Another Six Squadrons from the Space Academy's Young Astronauts and Voyager Club Survive the Supernova and Finish the 2018-2019 Long Duration 8 Month Mission Slightly Radiated but in One Piece 

We have nearly 200 Young Astronauts and Voyagers at the Renaissance Space Academy in grades 3 - 8.  They are divided into squadrons of 8-10 cadets.  Young Astronauts and Voyagers participate in a school year long LDMs (Long Duration Missions).  The 3rd grade squadrons encountered an escaped slave who was being hunted by his owner.  The 4-8th grade squadrons ventured deep into the Cardilir Neutral Zone to launch several star probes to study a star on the verge of going supernova.  Classes in leadership, team building, and space science complemented the time spent in the Jumpship Voyager.  

All Space Academy squadrons finish their missions in May. Last week, six of the squadrons completed their missions and received their points and promotions in the Terran Space Command.  We celebrate their successes and achievements.




Congratulations to the 6th Grade Tiger Squadron commanded by Mark.  
Total Points Earned for the Year:  918.  

Monthly Top Team Awards:  4  
Monthly Second Place Awards:  1  
The Team:  Brooklyn, Jackson, Ammon, Savannah, Lalith, Porter, Paige, Quinton, Isaac, Audrey, Mark



Congratulations to the 5-8th Grade Dragon Squadron commanded by Carter.  
Total Points Earned for the Year:  816.  

Monthly Top Team Awards:  3  
Monthly Second Place Awards:  1  
The Team:  Karthikeya, Taylin, Nadia, Kyan, Carter, Lincoln, Max, Anthony, Fenix. 

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Congratulations to the 5th Grade Cobra Squadron commanded by Nathan.  
Total Points Earned for the Year:  892.  

Monthly Top Team Awards:  3  
Monthly Second Place Awards:  1  
The Team:  Brie, Dallin, Juni, Grant, Jerin, Jylian, Kyla, Nathan, Ethan, Hinata.


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Congratulations to the Middle School Tiger Squadron commanded by Gavin.  
Total Points Earned for the Year:  637.  

Monthly Second Place Awards:  1  
The Team:  Aiden, Sydney, Harmony, Tyler, Caleb, Maxwell, Charlee, Gaven.


Congratulations to the 6th Grade Phoenix Squadron commanded by Lincoln.  
Total Points Earned for the Year:  808.  

Monthly Second Place Awards:  1  
The Team:  Dublin, Lincoln, David, Michael, Kai, Oliver, Marcus, Kaden, and Cooper

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Congratulations to the 6th Grade Lion Squadron commanded by Aiden.  
Total Points Earned for the Year:  896.  

Monthly Top Team Awards:  2  
Monthly Second Place Awards:  4  
The Team:  Ammon, Canyon, Charles, Jadon, Stephen, Sebastian, Daniel, Aiden, Kaden, and Myles. 
  
Weekly Construction Update
The New Christa McAuliffe Space Center and Central Elementary School

Pre Construction Photo
The playground as we all remember it.  The new school and space center will occupy the right (north) playground.

Construction continues at full speed on the new Christa McAuliffe Space Center and Central Elementary School in Pleasant Grove with an opening date set for April 2020.  


Construction Continues on the new Central Elementary School and Christa McAuliffe Space Center.  The hole is deeper as they prepare to put in the foundation supports.  You can see a temporary retaining wall built up along the school's new addition. 


Imaginarium Theater
The Best Videoettes from Around the World Edited for a Gentler Audience





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