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Sunday, April 11, 2021

The New Starship Galileo Launches! The Starship Voyager's Sprint to Launch: All Hands on Deck. The CMSC's Simulators are Open. Time Lapse of the Center's Construction. The Odyssey's New Panel. Imaginarium Theater.

The Third Starship to Carry the Galileo Name Launched on Saturday 

Top Right and Left: Galileo I and its Creator David Kyle Herring. 
Bottom left: Galileo II A project Led by David Kyle Herring.
Bottom Right: The New Galileo's First Crew on it's Saturday Launch Day

     I stepped into the lobby at the Christa McAuliffe Space Center on Saturday to present the 1:10 P.M. Planetarium show and found James Porter standing with this group of young men waiting impatiently for their first mission in the new Starship Galileo.  
     "The first crew to fly the new Galileo," James announced.  There was well earned pride in his voice.  Getting the Center's six starships up and running is quite a burden.  Each has its own challenges because each is different in its own way.  
     James saw me reach for my phone.  "Don't worry," he said holding out his hand. "I'll get a picture you can use on the blog."  
     James knows the importance I place on documenting Space Center history.  He feels the same way as you can tell from his many Facebook posts detailing the Center's accomplishments and achievements.  
     Today's Space Center is the work of hundreds of people over the last 30 years.  It is the District's showcase definition of school, business, and community partnerships.  All of us who currently, or who have ever in the past, played a part in what it is today, stand proud at what it has become.  It's our baby all grown up!

Thank you 
Mr. Williamson 

The Space Place at Renaissance Academy Prepares the Starship Voyager for Launch

Bracken and Gage, Renaissance Academy's tech, considering the installation of a 
new bridge printer and a mammoth subwoofer to really "Shake the Place!"

Bracken Funk and crew are no strangers to putting in long hours to meet their goals to have Renaissance Academy's Starship Voyager back to full service after the long Covid night and several months of school remodelling. Recently Bracken and family even spent an entire night working on the ship's multiple systems for a special program for a high school physics class. His two little kids slept in the control room while he and his wife Lajana tended to the work at hand. "I work best in long sprints," he explained when I found them in the Voyager again last Saturday afternoon.

     The Voyager's bridge looked like it had lost a battle with a Romulan Warbird when I walked in to check on them Saturday afternoon.  "Come check out these improvements and changes," Bracken said when he saw me.       

     "We've moved the bridge printer from the back to the front next to communications where it should be," he explained.    

     "We moved the front two stations back from the main viewer to give them a better view of the screen and to give the crew a quicker way to move from one side of the bridge to the other.  Good for security." 

Megan (left) and Lajana (right) at the back of the bridge.

     Megan Warner, set director for The Space Place's Starship Titan, was part of Bracken's Saturday crew.  You Voyager fans will see the Captain's tactical table with screen was moved to the back wall.  There are plans to put benches along the platforms giving the captain a place to bring the crew together for meetings and briefings.
     The Space Place's Voyager Club will reopen very soon.  The Voyager Club provides space education through multiple simulations using the Starship Voyager and InfiniD missions to Renaissance Academy's kindergarten - 8th grade students. Watch for more news to come.    

All the Simulators are Open at the Christa McAuliffe Space Center

The Phoenix II Recently opened at the Christa McAuliffe Space Center

     Simulator reservations are no longer limited to just families!

Welcome back birthday parties, team building activities, adult get togethers, and every other excuse to have a fun adventure.

You can find available dates and times on our website

Time Lapse Construction of the New Christa McAuliffe Space Center and Central School 

Watch the construction of the new Christa McAuliffe Space Center and Central Elementary School from Beginning to end with this 5 minute time lapse video.  


The Odyssey's New Control Panel in Place and Ready for Use

Imaginarium Theater

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