Friday Night Bowling
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Chris, Jordan and I went bowling Friday night at the Avalon Bowling Center as you can see by the pictures. Only I’m not in them. That’s because…well…I was taking the pics. It’s not easy taking pictures of people bowling…sometimes you tend to get their backsides…which doesn’t always look the best in photos. We had a good time bowling, good conversation, good music (depends on who you are).  There was a mixture of country and pop and something else – I don’t know what it’s called. I couldn’t even begin to describe it to you. Ha! Anyways, I believe we played 4 or 5 games and Chris beat us each time. I think his highest score was around 178, Jordan’s 118 and mine was – Tah Dah – 100. I’m not very good at this game, however, despite my lack of skill, I enjoy playing and getting exercise. After all, bowling is about having a good time with friends. Isn’t it?

Yuri's Night Is Coming
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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

DISPLAYS:
– 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!
 
DVDs:
– 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!

VSS Enterprise Takes Flight
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The VSS Enterprise got a taste of flight on Monday, March 22nd.

Image by Mark Greenberg / Virgin Galactic

 

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

Day of Honor
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Today is Bajaj. The Klingon Day of Honor.

From Owen Swart, CO of the USS Dauntless:

It means Day of Honour. The Klingons celebrate it every year, and so do many Trekkies, such as myself. March 23rd was chosen because it is the anniversary of the first appearance of Klingons in Star Trek, back in 1967.

 The Day of Honour is a day when every Klingon examines himself and his actions over the last year, and tries to determine if he has acted with honour.

 In matters of honour, a warrior is accountable only to himself. He must judge himself fairly, but privately. For this reason I won’t be spilling out a full audit of my activities over the past year for your reading pleasure.

 Instead, I encourage each of you to look within yourself this batjaj, and examine your actions… Look at your intentions, your words and the results thereof. Ask yourself, “If I were in that situation again, knowing what I know now, would I react the same way?” And, most importantly, take the answer of that question to heart… Use it to influence your daily actions and attitudes, so that when next batjaj comes around, you may judge yourself less harshly.

 Qapla’

From StarTrek.com:

One of the most reflective of the Klingon rituals is the annual Day of Honor. For this, a Klingon looks back on his life and examines his behavior to see if it can measure up to that of Kahless.

With traditional blood pie served on the day and a targ’s heart eaten in a symbolic gesture that brings courage to the participant, the Klingon is also asked by an interrogator if he has come to have his honor challenged. The Klingon is then further questioned and through his answers he comes to the realization of whether or not the previous year has been one he can be proud of.

If his worthiness is suspect, he may either be tasked with the Ritual of 20 Painstiks or forced to battle a bat’leth master. Once completed, the Klingon can make start to make amends for his shortcomings or be proud of his worthiness.   

From Memory Beta:

The Day of Honor, known in Klingon as Batlh jaj, was a time of celebration and ritual for the Klingon people. It is customary to serve Rokeg blood pie during this time.

This Klingon holiday is a time when the warrior must reflect on their life and judge whether the actions they have taken are honorable or not. The warrior must also respect the honor of both friends and enemies which essentially means everyone, regardless of race, are treated as Klingons. This allows anyone to participate in Suv’batleth. (VOY episode: “Day of Honor“)

It is said that a Klingon warrior must make an alliance with a hated enemy during the trial. (DS9 comic: “Day of Honor“)

Event ideas from the Klignon Assault Group:

Blood Feuds (Blood donation drive vs. a Starfleet-style group.)
A canned Food Drive for a local food bank.
Cleaning up a section of Highway…or other public space.
Clothing Drive to benefit a local charity.
Discussing and teaching the Klingon Language at a school or Library.
A Jail & Bail to benefit a charity or community group.
A John M. Ford Trust benefit.
Reading to kids at a Library or School.
Sponsoring an animal at a Zoo.
A Toy collection for children in need.
Visiting patients at a local hospital. (Yes, in uniform.)

From myself:

Today is a day to gather with friends and look at yourselves honestly. Have you done the things you said you would do? Have you consistantly acted in a way that makes you proud of who you are? What have you done over the past year that you can learn from?

The Great American Cleanup
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March 20, 2010

Each year Clean and Green rounds up as many volunteers as it can to help clean up the shoreline at Hawkshaw Lagoon and Memorial. When we arrived (Jay, Nancy, Chris and I), we signed in, got our gloves and trash bags (provided by CAG) and got our work orders. We split up into groups and focused on the bay front from the Hawkshaw Memorial to the beginning of the 3-mile bridge and in the opposite direction of the Memorial just east of Seville Historic District. It appeared that most of the litter came from inland rather than the bay. There were plastic bags, utensils, fast food boxes, cans, old clothing, lots of cigarette butts and the list goes on. We felt pride in helping beautify the area and it was a means of getting some exercise and fresh air. After spending so many months indoors, it felt exhilirating. It was really nice seeing other organizations and individuals participating. The Navy was there, a cub scout group and members of a Mardi Gras Krewe. For me it was fun coming out to work with friends for a good cause. It was a very rewarding experience and a perfect way to spend the day. I’m ready for the next one.

Sharon Bogart

Star Trek Style Force Field
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Once again we find Star Trek influencing the real world. Thank you Sharon, the ship’s counselor, for sharing this article.

From The Telegraph.

A space-age “force field” capable of protecting armoured vehicles and tanks by repelling incoming fire is being developed by British military scientists.

The new type of armour will use pulses of electrical energy to repel rockets, shrapnel and other ammunition that might damage a vehicle.

Researchers at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), which is the research and development arm of the Ministry of Defence, claim it is possible to incorporate material known as supercapacitors into armour of a vehicle to turn it into a kind of giant battery….

Read more at the website:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/7487740/Star-Trek-style-force-field-armour-being-developed-by-military-scientists.html

Ship Meeting
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Join us Friday night at PJC for our March meeting. Start time is 7pm and you can find us in the breezeway next to the planetarium.

The main topic of this meeting will be our April 9th Yuri’s Night event. Billy Lyons will also be filming interviews with crew members.