Mystery escape room coming to Schriever

As part of the 2016 Recharge for Resiliency program, Schriever Air Force Base applied, and was notified in February, it had received approval to create something growing in popularity across the country. Construction of the installation's first escape room will begin soon, with game master training and full operations to begin in May.

"This was one of the options available as part of Recharge for Resiliency," said Karen Draper, 50th Force Support Squadron Sustainment Service Flight chief. "We don't have a bowling alley or a golf course, but we have a room and this looks cool. We applied for it the first day."
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AFSPC Commander announces Space Enterprise Vision

General John Hyten, commander of Air Force Space Command, announced the command's Space Enterprise Vision here today. The SEV is the result of an AFSPC-commissioned study that looked at how to make the nation's national security space enterprise more resilient.

The August 2015 SEV study addressed the findings of several previous studies that identified the U.S. space enterprise is not resilient enough to be successful in a conflict that extends to space. The SEV also recognizes that acquisition and programmatic decisions can no longer occur in mission area stovepipes, but must instead be driven by an overarching space mission enterprise context.
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Armed Forces Day Comes Early in the Arctic

Most U.S. bases around the world celebrate Armed Forces Day on its properly designated day, May 21. However, due to a few unique aspects of living in the Arctic, Thule Air Base chooses to celebrate this singular occasion a little early every year. That chosen time is Easter weekend.

Armed Forces Day was established in 1949 as a holiday for citizens to come together and thank military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. In that regard, it is typically a festive event in which community members are invited onto the base to celebrate side by side with service members. Due to Thule AB's extremely remote location, 750 miles north of the Arctic Circle, off-base community members are in short supply. The nearest neighbors are either 62 miles (100 km) north from a village called Qaanaaq, or 75 miles (120 km) south to Savissivik.
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St Richard’s Catholic College Tim Peake ARISS Contact Confirmed

UK astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI GB1SS in the ISS Jan 2016

UK astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI / GB1SS

The ARISS UK Operations team are delighted to announce that the ARISS Schools contact for St Richard’s Catholic College, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex has been confirmed for Monday, April 18, 2016 at 14:56:06 GMT (3:56:06 pm BST) with Tim Peake GB1SS on the International Space Station.

St Richard's Catholic College

St Richard’s Catholic College

This contact will be webcast on the ARISS Principia website.  Further details on the start time of the webcast will be made available in the coming days so be sure to check for further information.

ARISS Principia https://principia.ariss.org/

St Richard’s Catholic College
https://twitter.com/StRichardsCC
http://www.strichardscc.com/

UK ARISS shortlisted schools https://amsat-uk.org/2016/02/03/all-uk-ariss-shortlisted-schools-are-now-scheduled/

Listening to the ISS on a handheld radio https://amsat-uk.org/2016/01/10/listening-iss-on-handheld/

Get press publicity by receiving ISS school contacts
https://amsat-uk.org/2016/03/10/press-publicity-receiving-iss/

What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Find an amateur radio training course near you https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

A free booklet is available aimed at introducing newcomers to the hobby that can also be used as a handy reference while getting started, see
http://rsgb.org/main/get-started-in-amateur-radio/alex-discovers-amateur-radio-2/

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NASA Featured Prominently at USA Science and Engineering Festival April 15-17

Explore outer space and our Earth with NASA at the USA Science and Engineering Festival, April 15-17 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, located at 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW in Washington. NASA scientists and engineers will be on hand at the agency’s interactive and informative exhibit, Booth #6393, Saturday and Sunday to talk all things s

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NASA to Attach, Test First Expandable Habitat on International Space Station

The first human-rated expandable structure that may help inform the design of deep space habitats is set to be installed to the International Space Station Saturday, April 16. NASA Television coverage of the installation will begin at 5:30 a.m. EDT.

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T-38C Passes in Front of the Sun at Supersonic Speed

An Air Force Test Pilot School T-38C passes in front of the sun at a supersonic speed, creating shockwaves that are caught photographically for research. NASA is using a modern version of schlieren imagery to visualize supersonic flow phenomena with full-scale aircraft in flight. The results will help engineers design a quiet supersonic transport.

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T-38C Passes in Front of the Sun at Supersonic Speed

An Air Force Test Pilot School T-38C passes in front of the sun at a supersonic speed, creating shockwaves that are caught photographically for research. NASA is using a modern version of schlieren imagery to visualize supersonic flow phenomena with full-scale aircraft in flight. The results will help engineers design a quiet supersonic transport.

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Road to the stars

On 12 April 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first person to orbit Earth in his Vostok spacecraft that launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, now in Kazakhstan. ESA astronaut Tim Peake was launched into space from the very same launchpad as Yuri Gagarin and now, 55 years later, he tweeted this picture of himself on the International Space Station reading Yuri’s autobiography Road to the Stars.

The book is a special copy, signed by Gagarin himself, and it flew to space in 1991 with British astronaut Helen Sharman to the Russian space station Mir. The book is now signed by the current crew on the International Space Station, as well as the crew on Mir during Helen’s mission.

12 April has become a worldwide day of celebration of human spaceflight. Cosmonauts on the International Space Station are given a day off on this day. Today Yuri Malenchenko, Oleg Skripochka, Alexei Ovchinin are given a break from their busy schedules in space – aside from their obligatory daily exercise. 

Follow Tim Peake via timpeake.esa.int

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