50 years of human space exploration
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Yuri's Night 50th anniversary logoFifty years ago today, Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person to enter space.  For the past ten years, people from all over the world have been participating in Yuri’s Night.  And now, for the second year in a row, members of the Continuum, along with those of the Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association and the National Space Society, will be celebrating this achievement at Yuri’s Night Pensacola this Saturday, April 16 at the Pensacola State College Planetarium from 2 to 9 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.  Science-fact or science fiction costumes are highly encouraged.

YNP will feature:

  • NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center.
  • Planetarium shows. Schedule coming soon.
  • Telescopes for day and night-time viewing. Weather projections for the area keep getting better and better.
  • Free giveaways given out every hour.
  • Various displays. Including the Continuum’s own replica of the Captain Chair from the Original Series.
  • YNP’s Astronaut-Mascot.
  • Kid’s activities.
  • Face painting.

For more information, contact Jay Gallops or Chris Hammonds.

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Preparing for Yuri’s Night 2011
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Next April will mark the 50th anniversary of the historic flight that made Russian Cosmonaut Yuri’s Gurgain the first person to enter space. So to celebrate, the U.S.S. Continuum is looking forward to doing some BIG things at next year’s Yuri’s Night Pensacola. So big, we’re taking a six-month head-start to work out all the planning.

Our first YNP 2011 planning meeting will be at 8:30 p.m., Friday, October 1, in the back room of Village Inn, Cordova Mall. (Continuum members, this will be after our regular scheduled CS meeting at Books-a-Million).

Yuri’s Night Pensacola is already featured on the 2011 YN “Party List,” which can be found here.

You are invited to attend this meeting to offer your suggestions for Yuri’s Night. However, please RSVP to Jay Gallops so Village Inn can know how many to expect.

We’re really looking forward to making this a great event for the Northwest Florida area in 2011 and hope that you’ll join us!

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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!

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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

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