Last Saturday, the crew of the U.S.S. Kelly met up with the crew of the U.S.S. Pulsar to attend one of the best events a Star Trek club can do… ever. We went to the Christa McAuliffe Space Center in Pleasant Grove, UT. (Click here for more info about the venue.)
If you have ever done one of these missions, you’ll know how much fun we have. We get to dress up in uniform and pretend to actually be on a spaceship, communicating with the computer and with our Chief Engineer by voice, talking to aliens, running programs on computers and so on. It is F-A-N-Tastic!
If you have done one of these missions before, you need to go again. The CMSC has had a major facelift. They have added new simulators, new missions, and even a planetarium!
This time, we ended up with enough people to run two simulators, and we ended up splitting up by ship. For our mission, Crewman Eric Moorer acted as our captain and Bob Patterson of the USS Ticonderoga acted as our XO. Other positions were filled as necessary (I ran sensors). We also had several new recruits join our adventure. (Welcome!)
[Note: pictures will be added to this article at a later time.]
Since the USS Kelly’s new spirit guide is the elephant, we thought we’d go over some interesting fact about them. All of the following information below on the African elephants, including the photos, are courtesy of the National Geographic website.
African elephants are the largest mammals on Earth.
Elephants are fond of water, and enjoy showering themselves by sucking water into their trunks and spraying it all over themselves.
An elephant’s trunk is actually a long nose which is used for lots of things other than breathing and smelling. They will trumpet, drink through their trunk, and grab things – especially food.
The trunk alone contains about 10,000 different muscles.
Elephants use their tusks to dig for food and water, and also to strip bark from trees. Males also use them in battle.
Elephants eat roots, grasses, fruit, and bark – about 300 pounds of it per day.
Elephants don’t sleep much, and they roam great distances while foraging.
Elephant mothers are pregnant for about 22 months – that’s nearly two years!
Baby elephants shed their first set of teeth and tusks, just like humans lose their baby teeth.
Elephants make powerful low-frequency rumblings to communicate over long distances.
An elephant’s brain has a very similar structure to humans.
When an elephant dies, their family grieves. They may even revisit the bones of their deceased for years, touching them with their trunks. Not many animals do that.
Remember, our next activity will be going to the Hogle Zoo to view these majestic animals. We will be going on Saturday, September 21st. Time TBD.
The next USS Kelly activity is going to be the Seventh Fleet Games, held this coming Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Heyburn Central Park in Heyburn, Idaho. Directions to the park, the agenda, and additional information from the USS Valkyrie are listed below.
If you plan to attend and need a ride, please contact Mel Andrew so she can coordinate rides.
Directions to Heyburn Central Park 1. Coming from Utah take Exit 211 2. Turn left towards Burley/Heyburn 3. At the first stop light turn right onto 21st street 4. Turn left on K street and go to the end of the street 5. Park comes up on your right at the end of the street
Important information 1. We will be keeping to the time schedules listed above. If two events are going on at the same time you will need to choose which one you want to participate in, time frames can not be extended to keep us on time so travelers do not get a late start heading back.
2. There will be a silent auction that will go on throughout the Olympics. There are 30 Lots of different Sci-fi Memorabilia. Auction will close at the time the medals are awarded. We will be able to take cash, debit, and credit cards and PayPal for payments of auction items.
3. There will be a playground for small children who do not want to participate in the Cadet games. There will also be restrooms available to us for the duration of the Olympics.
4. Lunch will be Street Tacos, Salad, Chips and Dessert. We will also have bottled water available to drink. Anyone not wanting these options are more than welcome to bring their own lunch. We are not charging any Fleet member for the lunch provided. If you feel you would like to donate to cover cost a donation jar will be there for donations but is not required.
5. The event will run from 10 am to 6 pm. Instructions and sign up will happen until 10:15 am and then the games will start. Sign ups will be available up until each game starts. Time schedules will be strictly adhered to.