Congratulations to all the USS Continuum award winners for 2010!
Scholastic Achievement – STARFLEET Academy: Sharon Bogart
Humanitarian Award: DJ O’Brien
Artistic Accomplishment: Sharon Bogart
Officer of the Year: Connie Fleming
It has been an extremely busy time for the Continuum within the last four weeks! I, for one, have had barely enough time to read my emails, much less write any blog entries. We’ve been involved with the Region 2 Summit, the Great American Cleanup Kick-off event, Festival on the Green, Yuri’s Night Pensacola, and the Hubble IMAX Premier at NAS Museum. And this doesn’t even include all the behind-the-scenes work going on.
At our next ship meeting — this coming Friday, April 16 at PJC at 7 p.m. — we hope to reflect over the last month as we offer Certificates of Appreciation for everyone who was involved and a few promotions. We’re already discussing how well this year’s Yuri’s Night went, and how we can make Yuri’s Night Pensacola 2011 even better. Next year is the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic journey into space, after all. So expect some big things!
However, for the next couple months, we’re going to be shifting gears a bit. Outside of our yard sale on Saturday, April 24, we hope to have a few fun activities, giving us all a chance to take a much-needed break. We’re planning a camping trip for early next month, a stargaze party in June, and possibly a lock-in sometime. There’s also talk of visiting Kennedy Space Center before the year’s end.
We hope to see all of our members continue to be involved, as well as getting a few members to join our ranks as well. This is a very exciting time in the life of our group!
Yuri’s Night is coming to Pensacola!
Who is Yuri Gagarian? Yuri was a Cosmonaut that, On April 12th 1961, became the first person to go into space.
This year the USS Continuum and the Escambia Amateur Astronomers Assocation are coming together at the PJC Planetarium to celebrate Yuri’s achievement along with all of the wonders of astronomy and space science. How much will it cost to attend? Nothing! This is a family friendly and FREE event that is open to the public. Join us!
As April 12th falls on a Monday we are holding our event on Friday April 9th. We believe this will give more people a chance to attend the festivities and have fun with us.
The event will begin at 6pm at the PJC Planetarium and the areas around it. The following events are what you can expect to take part in that night.
PLANETARIUM SHOW SCHEDULE
6:15 — Earth’s Wild Ride
7:00 — Night Sky presentation by Billy Jackson
7:45 — Two Small Pieces of Glass
8:30 — Night Sky presentation by Billy Jackson
9:15 — Ringworld
– Recruiting tables & banners
– Captain’s Chair replica based on the original Star Trek series
– Telescopes will be setup to see the wonders of the night sky
– 15+ models of various shuttles, rockets, the Hubble space telescope, etc.
– 2-5 Star Trek models.
– Solar system model (planets in scale to one another)
– Binders full of space mission patches
– Many books on space exploration for you to browse and read
– 3-4 model rockets
– Posters on space exploration and astronomy
– And more!
– The Mighty Saturns (continous play)
– Hail Columbia (36 min)
– Ultimate Space Experience (48 min)
– Liftoff! (continous play)
– Journey to the Edge of the Universe (90 min)
– Destiny in Space (40 min)
– When We Left Earth
Bring your imagination, your sense of wonder and you thirst for knowledge!
Join us at UWF’s Festival On The Green this Friday and Saturday. March 26-27.
The VSS Enterprise got a taste of flight on Monday, March 22nd.
From the Cosmic Log at msnbc.com
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane took to the air for the first time this morning from California’s Mojave Air and Space Port.
The craft, which has been christened the VSS Enterprise, remained firmly attached to its WhiteKnightTwo carrier airplane throughout the nearly three-hour test flight. It will take many months of further tests before SpaceShipTwo actually goes into outer space. Nevertheless, today’s outing marks an important milestone along a path that could take paying passengers to the final frontier as early as 2011 or 2012.
The captive-carry flight comes three and a half months after SpaceShipTwo’s unveiling in Mojave. The project, backed by British billionaire Richard Branson, builds upon the first-ever private-sector spaceflights, flown five years ago by the SpaceShipOne prototype plane. Both SpaceShipOne and SpaceShipTwo were designed by aerospace guru Burt Rutan.
Today’s test was the first in a series aimed at checking the aerodynamics of the rocket plane in a controlled, real-world environment. The configuration for SpaceShipTwo is significantly different from that for SpaceShipOne (which is now hanging in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum) and its WhiteKnightOne mothership. SpaceShipOne was slung right beneath WhiteKnightOne’s fuselage, while SpaceShipTwo rides between WhiteKnightTwo’s twin fuselages.
Full details available at this link: http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2010/03/22/2237244.aspx
On Friday, April 9, 6 to 10 p.m., at the PJC Planetarium, the Continuum along with the Escambia Amateur Astronomers Association will host Yuri’s Night Pensacola, a free event that’s open to the public.
YNP 2010 will feature:
1. Planetarium shows. The theater has recently gone through some upgrades, and if you’ve never seen a Planetarium show… or even if you have… this is a perfect opportunity to be amazed!
2. Telescopes to view the heavens (weather permitting, of course), provided by members of the EAAA.
3. Various displays and videos on space exploration.
4. Information about the EAAA and the USS Continuum.
5. Costumes. ALL attendees are strongly encouraged to wear sci-fi costumes or space-related clothing.
6. PARTY!!! The ultimate goal of Yuri’s Night as we celebrate humanity’s achievements in space past, present, and future.
On March 26 & 27, the Continuum will once again participate in UWF’s Festival on the Green.
Last year was our first time at this event. We became involved through the efforts of Sharon Bogart, and were stationed outside at the John C. Pace Library, right next to the Amateur Astronomers. We were only there for the Saturday, busy promoting the group and a Planetarium event — an event that, unfortunately, had to be cancelled due to some technical problems outside of our control. But we still had fun and have been looking forward to FOG 2010 for some time now.
For this year, a few things are different, a few things are the same. Last year’s Star Trek film became a huge success! We now have a Captain’s Chair. And we’ve gained some new members. All of which will make FOG 2010 better for us!
On March 3, I, along with Chris Hammonds and Connie Fleming, met with Jeff Comeau and other FOG planners. We will be inside the new School of Science & Engineering complex , which had its grand opening this last February. We are sure to see a fair amount of traffic as Continuum members in Star Trek uniforms and costumes guide visitors in the building showcasing the robotics lab, the AI lab, and the “Holodeck” 3-D virtual reality simulator.
The Captain’s Chair will also be available. For the first time, we will have a backdrop that will feature a projected image of the bridge stations behind the chair. As we did at the movie premier, we’ll be taking pictures of those taking the center seat.
We also intend to be present for both days this year. Hours for Festival on the Green are from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday the 26th and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday the 27th.
As for what’s the same, we’ll still be promoting a Planetarium Event. This time it’s “Yuri’s Night Pensacola” on April 9. (Hopefully, we’ll have much better luck this go-round 🙂 ). And we’re sure to have fun talking to potential members all about the exciting things going on with the USS Continuum.