Congratulations to Tyler Gotcher (holding the clipboard), the Space Center's newest flight director. Tyler did his first solo flight as a new Magellan flight director yesterday. As a matter of fact, Sara Glad was on that mission. Lissa joined the flight remotely in case Tyler needed someone to symbolically hold his hand if things went south. Lissa was home due to strep throat. You see, sick days are unheard of at the Space Center.
Working with Tyler were Hayden and Nolan. Nolan was on loan from the Cassini and Odyssey.
Here's a picture of Tyler working toward his flight director pass on August 4 during one of the summer camps. Lissa is sporting a blanket to keep the chill away. Poor girl seems to be rather sickly lately :)
Congratulations Tyler and Welcome to the Flight Director Family.
Photos of My Saturday Adventures at the Space Center
If it's Saturday, then I'm at the Christa McAuliffe Space Center helping Jon run the Cassini. Actually Jon is helping me as I try to remember my training from the summer camps. It's amazing how much you forget if you're not in the flight director's chair on a regular basis. I've got my 5 hour pass for Greenpeace, now I'm working to learn my daytime field trip flights (Cry in the Dark, Perikoi, Intolerance, Midnight Rescue) as they're told in the Cassini. There are some changes to the orthodox telling of the missions as I told them in the original Voyager back in the day, mainly in the number and organization of cards and the use of Thorium for each flight, but I'm getting there one Saturday at a time.
Needless to say, wearing that Alpine School District badge and working once more in the mother Space Center of them all is fantastic. My "retirement" is the best. I work weekdays with 80 wonderful 6th graders at Renaissance Academy teaching math and history, then after school I work alongside Bracken Funk at the Renaissance Academy's space center "The Space Place" where we run a Young Astronaut and Voyager Club for nearly 160 students in grades 3 through 9. To top it all off, I get to fly the school's beautiful Starship Voyager.
Then on weekends I'm at the CMSC working alongside some of the finest people I know and feeling that spirit of adventure in the simulators and in the planetarium. Disney hasn't got much on us except a huge bank account!
Every Saturday I find the staff and volunteers enjoying the campers and each other's company. Often I snap a photo or two to share with you. Here are a few.....
This is Nolan. Nolan is happy. A camper left $1.00 for him wrapped over his pet mouse.
In Greenpeace, Nolan's pirate character has a pet mouse. The mouse got away from him and was captured by a camper. The camper felt sorry for Nolan and returned the mouse to Nolan, who was at the time being held in the brig. The mouse was wrapped in the dollar, clearly a gift from the camper hoping the pirate could use it to purchase better pirate clothes or perhaps enjoy an extra glass of rum when next in port.