Sunday, October 19, 2014

Astronaut Barbie's log...Day 4...Last Day and Graduation

Sadly, this will be the last post from Astronaut Barbie at Space Camp. However, do not be in despair. I will continue to blog about the shenanigans that may ensue from my day to day adventures (did you hear that Ole Miss is now ranked #3 in the SEC?!?!?). Day 4 of Adult Space Academy was bittersweet. Team Discovery was still united and an awesome bunch, but it was also the time where we had to say so long for now- until our unicorns will bring us back together for the next adventures.

Day 4 began with meeting for breakfast as a team with a real cool national news shout out to the new generations being excited about the space program and what Space Camp/Academy has to offer. For one of the clips, two of team Discovery's Space Cadets (Lindsay and PC) were shown on a clip taken during our EDM mission. How cool is that?!?!?! 

Shades and I hanging out at breakfast!

I sure found my place with this awesome Disco group!
Team getting ready for alumni meeting, then final touches in preparation for rocket launch!
Another Pathfinder view!

PC and I working to complete the egg container. I'm trying to let eggie know that s/he'll be okay in the launch!

Our Rocket Team ready for launch!

Putting the rocket on the launch pad!
PC making final adjustments!
What a fantastic looking rocket!

Rockets being launched...
I can barely take the suspense... will our egg land safely? Will our rocket launch?
I see out rocket. It launched, shoot how's eggie doing?!?!?

Have our eggs landed safely?!?!?!
Oh, poor eggie... he got a little scrambled :(

Now time to fill out our evals from the time here and give some quotes for posterity!

Papi, Dani and I after rocket launch.
Saying goodbye to Pathfinder as we head up to the training floor for graduation.

Team Disco lining up for grad.

Mike F. starting off the ceremony.

Team getting ready to graduate! Aside from earning our wings,  team Discovery also was awarded, Best Mission Patch, Best Lunar Mission, and Best Team!!!! What awesome honors!!!!  My next blog will pay tribute to my team and the awesome individuals who made up team Discovery! Hope you all are having a glittery, unicorn filled day: ) Astronaut Barbie - out.  

Friday, October 17, 2014

Day Three, Part II of Astronaut Barbie's Space Academy Awesomeness!!!!

Hello y'all. It is finally the weekend and I am hoping to finish up all the Space Academy adventures to save for all prosperity! (Then the Ole Miss-Tenessee extravaganza may begin, but I digress...).
Team Discovery has been amazing! Dani and I are so excited to be a part of this team. So, I left off with our successful landing from the EDM. Following this excitement, we went to the astronaut training simulators!!! What Fun, Fun Fun!!!
It might be hard to see me, but Dani has me strapped in with her (if you look really closely, you'll see me there)! What a cool simulator- the Multi Axis Trainer. I think Dani was like a little kid and asked our crew trainer daily when we would go on the MAT! 

Spinning around simulating a flex spin!

Here is Dani and I on the 1/6th chair simulating how you would feel if you were walking on the moon at 1/6th your weight. We did the bunny hop, side to side and this is fun, fun, fun!!!!

On the MMU (manned maneuver unit). This is as if we were on an extravehicular activity (space walk) and how to control the roll, pitch and yaw!! Cool times!! (again, you can see me strapped in with Dani).

Pathfinder at dusk. 

Dani and I in the cutouts. We have "Museum Self Exploration" time now. Let's see what trouble we can get into!!!!

Another cut out to add our faces!!!

Flying a simulator. 

My new friend Lyka and I enjoying the museum!

Chilling on the MMU replica!

Celebrating in Astronaut style!!!

Just hanging around on the shuttle!

Did you know?!?!?!?

Looking through a mockup of the Hubble telescope!

What can I say? It says don't touch!

How dreamy is Kevin Donaldson (Tate Donovan--yummy) front the movie Space Camp (where Dani first got the address to send for information prior to her attending the first time in the 80's- she had really "great" hair then)!

A real dream boat! Vince...sigh...I had many chances to hang out with him (luckily). He was one of Dani's camp kiddos back in the day. Ladies,, he's single!

Space Bowl (aka Space Jeopardy)! with our fearless crew trainer!

John (PC) turning in our final answer for Final Space Bowl!!! (spoiler alert...we ended up kicking ass and winning Space Bowl)!

Whoo hoo! Way to go team Discovery!!! After an adventurous day, we are all ready for dream land. Tomorrow (sniff sniff) is the last day of camp. I'll tell you all about the last day and graduation after I have happy unicorn dreams tonight. I wish you all glitter and bubbles! Astronaut Barbie out.