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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Announcing the USS Cassini; Soon to be The Newest Ship in the Space EdVentures Fleet. What Does a German Programmer, Thorium, and the Christa McAuliffe Space Center Have in Common? The Magellan's New Mission "Divided We Fall". The Imaginarium.

The Cassini Probe at Saturn;  The USS Cassini Concept Render

The USS Cassini A New Starship Soon to Launch at the Christa McAuliffe Space Center

     I'm a little bit late to the party on this announcement but better late than never. As many of you know, a new Christa McAuliffe Space Center is under construction along with a new Central Elementary School.

     The new CMSC will have six simulators and a 40 ft. tall planetarium.  Four of the new ships will be named after the four current simulators at the CMSC:  The Galileo, Odyssey, Magellan, and Phoenix.  The two new simulators were nameless until a month ago when the name of one was released.  Welcome USS Cassini to the growing number of Space EdVentures simulators.  The name of the last new ship is a closely guarded secret known only to Mr. Porter himself. 
     The Cassini is named after the Cassini space probe.  
     For more than a decade, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shared the wonders of Saturn and its family of icy moons—taking us to astounding worlds where methane rivers run to a methane sea and where jets of ice and gas are blasting material into space from a liquid water ocean that might harbor the ingredients for life.      Cassini revealed in great detail the true wonders of Saturn, a giant world ruled by raging storms and delicate harmonies of gravity. Cassini carried a passenger to the Saturn system, the European Huygens probe—the first human-made object to land on a world in the distant outer solar system.     After 20 years in space — 13 of those years exploring Saturn — Cassini exhausted its fuel supply. And so, to protect moons of Saturn that could have conditions suitable for life, Cassini was sent on a daring final mission that would seal its fate. After a series of nearly two dozen nail-biting dives between the planet and its icy rings, Cassini plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere on Sept. 15, 2017, returning science data to the very end.
          Source NASA

     Mr. Porter just posted this picture on the CMSC's Facebook page (be sure to hit the 'like' button. Doterra gives the CMSC $$ for every 'like' the Facebook page gets) 

   This little white truck is currently parked where the starship Cassini soon will be. Above it will be a 40 ft planetarium dome. 

     Construction of the new school and space center continues with a grand opening in the Spring of 2020.  

Mr. Williamson

Divided We Fall Poster Proudly Displayed in the Magellan Control Room

     Thank you Audrey for sending this photo from the Magellan's Control Room. The Magellan's summer space camp story is called "Divided we Fall".  This is the original artwork poster Audrey created for the mission.  Pretty good job I'd say. 

     The Magellan's Set Director sends this summary of "Divided We Fall"
     From the writer of Paradise Lost, Prelude to War, and Against the Tide comes 'Divided We Fall', the USS Magellan's story for the 2019 summer season.      It's after the Borg War. The Federation is in shambles. A recent development in technology has led to a divide of the once mighty Federation. On the brink of war, the Centralist Union of Planets and the Trans-Planetary Economic Alliance are still trying to rebuild from the devastating Borg War. While most of the Centralist fleet is blockading the border between the Alliance and the Pakled Emirates, the Magellan is being dispatched to a nearby solar system directly in the path of a devastating Neutronic Storm to provide relief and assistance in coordination with the Red Cross.           What is the true motivation for having the Magellan that close to a potential war zone? Only you can find out. Join us for one of the most daring, eventful, and exciting stories in the Magellan's recent history. A definite first in regards to Space Center missions with a style and layout  bound to please crews of all ages. This exciting mission explores moral dilemmas and contains aspects of US History along with never before seen Pakled characters. There are even echoes of music history from 19th century France.  Oh la la....seulement le meilleur.     Will history repeat itself and plunge us into a Civil War, or will the crew of the Magellan find a way to diffuse a volatile situation?  Sign up for summer camp now.
          Conner Larsen 

What Does a Programmer from Germany, Thorium, and the Christa McAuliffe Space Center Have in Common?

From the Desk of Mr. Porter
Christa McAuliffe Space Center

     What does a German programmer and a small town simulator based educational program have in common?  Not a whole lot. But we found that we both love creating unique experiences and with Tim Pietrusky's help we have our lighting system connected to our open source simulator software.

     We found Tim while looking for solutions and it has been so great to have his expertise and excitement. He has volunteered a lot of time to help us move our simulators over to the next generation of software and so we are super appreciative.

     So wonderful to see that a community of support for providing these experiences extends far beyond our local borders.

Imagination; faster than light




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