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The New Logo is Released for the Farpoint Jumpship Discovery at American Heritage School in American Fork.
The Bridge of the Farpoint Jumpship Discovery at American Heritage School Takes Shape
Alex Debirk and team are busily installing the furniture, lights, and other fixtures into the school's new Jumpship Discovery. When in launches in January, the Discovery will join the other Farpoint fleet of jumpships: Voyager and Titan located at The Space Place at Renaissance Academy, the Hyperion at Telos Academy, and the Galileo also at American Heritage.
There are a Few More Young Astronaut and Voyager Squadrons to Meet
I'd like you to meet a few more of our Young Astronaut and Voyager Club Squadrons at Renaissance Academy's The Space Place. These are a few of the squadrons that met this week.
We're in our second and third round of meetings. In their 3rd round meeting, cadets spend one hour voyaging the depths of space on their 8 month mission, afterwards Major Vidinah (RA's middle school science teacher) from Starfleet Command puts them through 30 minutes of team building exercises. Astronomy and Space Science lessons from Admiral Williamson (yours truly) finishes their 2 hour meeting.
It's all happening at Starbase Williamson. Six of the greatest ships in the fleet launch from there: The Magellan, Cassini, Phoenix, Odyssey, Falcon, and Galileo. The food in the Staff Room is worthy of extending your stay between postings and launchings. The restrooms are the cleanest in the quadrant. The Promenade is unique in design complete with liquid oozing tiles and multicolored lightning effects - all installed to add to the visual delight of our Starfleet officers as they traverse from docking port to docking port. And virtually anyone who is anyone currently walks or has walked the decks.
You'll find Starbase Williamson at the Christa McAuliffe Space Center.
On a more personal note, I'm pleased and honored to have my name on the part of the Christa McAuliffe Space Center where the magic of imagination comes alive every day for scores of students, teachers, and our patrons who visit us for private parties. The wonderful logo making the W in Williamson, along with the entire sign itself, was designed by one of the Space Center's own - Mason Perry. It took several iterations and back and forth emails between Mason, myself, and James Porter before we settled on the sign you see.
The Christa McAuliffe Space Center in Pleasant Grove is once again displaying the space mural which use to hang in the old Central School hallway leading to the stage and Starship Voyager entrance. For twenty years, Space Center visitors saw the mural either in the Briefing Room or the hallway. The mural was put into storage just before the old school was demolished a couple years ago.
The mural's new home is the wall along the planetarium's exit hallway pictured below. The mural's black frame took a beating during removal and storage but not to fear, work is underway to restore the frame.
The mural's story begins in 1986. I took a group of Central School's Young Astronauts to the Johnson Space Center in Houston on a field trip. While there I saw a beautiful space mural painted by Bob McCall on a wall just outside of the JSC's auditorium.
"In 1978, Christopher C. Kraft, JSC Director, commissioned McCall to paint the mural on the outside of the center’s auditorium, later named after Congressman Olin E. Teague of Texas who served on committees that oversaw NASA’s activities. In 1979, McCall spent several months at JSC painting the mural entitled Opening the Space Frontier – The Next Giant Step, illustrating NASA’s human space flight program, past, present, and future. He painted several JSC employees in the mural and used astronauts John W. Young and Judith A. Resnik as inspiration for two of the painting’s central figures. Astronaut Alan L. Bean, at the time a budding space artist, contributed by painting the astronaut pin in the mural. Dedication of the mural took place on June 19, 1979, and at the time the building housing the auditorium also housed the JSC Visitors Center, allowing the general public to view the mural." Taken from the JSC's website.
Hello Space Center Fans,
The CMSC's Falcon simulator has a logo. It was presented on the Space Center's Facebook page. All six simulators are logoed up now. The Falcon is the one non-Starfleet ship in the CMSC's fleet. The ship's crews get up to mischief on occasion, but generally are out to make a buck or two.
|Honor's Night. Look at all those earning their one year volunteering pin|
|James Porter passed off as an Odyssey Flight Director by Dave Wall|
|A great group of young Blue Shirt Rangers|
|Tanner Edwards with the Galileo|
|Another Honor's Night in the Magellan|
|Dustin Robinson and Megan Warner in the Voyager Control Room|
|The Overnight Camp Program. 1990-2012|
|Randy Jepperson and Mark Daymont with the Falcon.|
|The Crew of the Voyager|
|James Porter entering the ranks of the Green Shirt Adult Staff|
Perhaps some day video game technology will become so evolved that children will do one of our missions at home connected to some kind of virtual reality machine. The computer will play my part, telling the story and reacting to the kid's decisions. The class will sit with goggles covering their eyes showing them the bridge of some futuristic ship. Gloves will give them the feel of working the controls. Perhaps the Voyager will still be around when that day comes. It may be a museum this future generation will visit with their grandparents. As they tour the simulator the sounds of our voices and the blaring music with red alerts will mix with their grandparents' stories of when they flew the original Voyager, Odyssey, Magellan, Phoenix, and Galileo long ago to far away places.Thank you everyone for 31 Years. Thank you volunteers for the hours of time you give these programs each month. Thank you to the staff of all the space centers for always going above and beyond the call of duty. We are all involved in creating lasting memories that will stay with our students forever.