|Conner giving the Thumbs Up for a successful summer camp season|
The Magellan's Dynamic Duo are back! Saturday saw the return of the Conner Larson and Nicole VandenBos. They are the Magellan's best hope of sweeping summer camper votes this camp season. It was Conner's first mission after returning from school last week. Nicole drove down from Heber where she teaches school. The Space Center will be her summer job.
|Conner, Nicole, and staff for Conner's first private mission of the season.|
I finished my 1:25 P.M. planetarium presentation and made my usual Saturday rounds downstairs to the simulators to check out the action and rub shoulders with the gifted and talented of the simulator world. The Magellan, Cassini, Odyssey, and Phoenix were knee deep in story.
There was an all too familiar voice coming from the Magellan control room. I popped open the door and there was Conner in a semi panic mode - this being his first flight in the new Magellan. He was doing a great job, and if there were mistakes, he and Nicole were hiding them in great storytelling. Nicole was at second chair. It was just like the old days.
The Magellan is a beautiful simulator as seen in the photos I took on the bridge.
However, the Magellan wasn't the only ship flying yesterday afternoon. Jon Parker and crew were telling a 5 hour Greenpeace story in the Cassini.
And across the hall from the Cassini Control Room is the Phoenix Control Room. Jordan was running a mission at the same time.
And around the corner the Odyssey was finishing up a story of their own with Tabitha, Natalie, and Tyler at the controls.
The ships may be new, but the spirit of the Space Center has always been its people and the people are there - the same ones who flew the original ship's last missions in the old Center are back to ensure the new Center has a great start.
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