Sep 8

Spaceport Alpha - International Spaceflight Museum

Category: Sims to Explore, Space by Stone Culdesac

Here is a pretty cool place, if you are interested in being an astronaut, a rocket scientist, or just like space stuff in general, the International Spaceflight Museum at Spaceport Alpha (115, 157, 22) PG is a place you ant to check out. They have videos you can watch at anytime, they have one with astronomers talking about stars and some new extra technique, the next one was an early broadcast of a rocket taking off. Pretty cool spot.

International Spaceflight Museum
Upcoming Events List

All events are free. Some events are posted at short notice and so this notecard might not be up-to-date. To find all events, click on “Search” at the bottom of your window, select the “Events” tab, then enter “spaceflight” in the Name/Desc text box, and click “Search”.

Always On:
A Live NASA TV feed is always available to be seen at the museum. There are two screens at the main stage and a third, smaller screen in the gallery under the ring of rockets, to the right of the main walkway at Spaceport Alpha (105, 93, 23).

Events Notifications:
If you would like to be notified whenever there is an event happening at the International Spaceflight Museum, then join the open-enrollment group “Spaceflight Museum Happenings”. To do that, click on the “Search” button at the bottom of your screen, select the “Groups” tab, search for “Spaceflight”, select “Spaceflight Museum Happenings” and then join the group. If you want help with this, IM Troy McLuhan.

Check out the information for this class

Rocket Class is on summer vacation July and August

Rocket Workshops may occur at any time on the sandbox

Rocket Class is taught by Mad Rocket Scientist Jimbo Perhaps to assist the next generation of Second Life Rocketeers.

Launched May 1, 2007 on University of Denver Science School, across the creek from International Spaceflight Museum, and moved June 1 to Space Frontier sandbox.

Week 1 - Rocket Intro Class:
Intro to rockets in Second Life. What makes a rocket “real”? Physics.
Tour the new Jimbo Perhaps Rocket Garden on Space Frontier.
Rocket launches and rides from Rocket Class.

Week 2 - Rocket Building Class
Basics of building in Second Life. Build a simple rocket shape. Tips on building more advanced shapes.

Week 3 - Rocket Texturing Class
Using textures to make your rocket look realistic. Finding, making and uploading textures.

Week 4 - Rocket Scripting Class
Using particle/texture effects and physics in your scripts to make rockets fly realistically.

Join Second Life Group “The Rocketeers” for updates, news and community support.

Join Second Life Group “Space Frontier” and bring your space and rocket projects to the sandbox.

Here are some great pics and the Second Life URL.

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Here is their visitor guide.

Spaceport Alpha Visitors Guide


West Shore

The first place you arrive, the Landing Point, has informational plaques, a donation jar,

and flags from all of the countries represented by exhibits at the International Spaceflight
Museum (ISM). Directly to the northeast
(toward the center of the Rocket Ring) is a
“welcome” table with lemonade and a laptop.

Email laptops (courtesy of aEolus Computers) are located at several places around the ISM.
You can click on them to email suggestions or comments to the museum staff.

Across the path from the
welcome table is a height measurer. Since the rocket models
on the Rocket Ring are built to full-scale, it is useful to keep in mind the size of your
Second Life avatar for comparison.

To the southwest of the Landing Point (on your left as you face the rocket ring) is the
Planetarium. There you will find a short NASA
video, an interactive exhibit of the
constellations, and a telescope.

North of the Landing Point is the Canadian Robot Arm (”Canadarm”). This is an interactive
exhibit. the Canadian Arm is used to assemble spacecraft on orbit.

Further north, beyond the Canadarm is the Gemini 4/Titan II, an interactive exhibit blasting

off into low earth orbit. Right click, choose board, and say +blastoff. (Don’t forget the +

When you get off the Gemini rocket, use the teleporters to take a tour of the

Solar System, including the Asteroid belt, with a side trip to the surface of Mars.

At the Gemini platform is a teleporter to go directly to the stratosphere and on to the
LEO (Low Earth Orbit) platform, bypassing the rocket ride if you wish.

North of the Gemini rocket ride there is a model of the Viking Lander. Click the sign for a
notecard with more information about this detailed exhibit.

Beyond the Viking is a model of the Soviet Union’s N-1 Moon rocket. Again, click the sign for a notecard.

Eastern Shore

At the Northeast corner of the ISM we have a model of the Saturn V, built to full scale. Click the

sign for a notecard. Next to the rocket is a model of the launch (umbilical) tower. You can walk up the

stairs (144 meters) for an aerial view of the ISM. Just be sure your avatar is in good

physical shape and you have a lot of time!

Alternatively, you can use the elevator on the platform to go to the top of the
Saturn V and
beyond to the elevator platform under the upper sim’s “space” level. Say “goto floor 1″
(or 2 or 0),
with no space between “go” and “to.” From the platform you can teleport to the LEO (low earth orbit)

South of the Saturn V is a model of the Space Shuttle on its “stack” — external tank and
secondary booster rockets (SRBs).

In the southeastern corner of the ISM you will find an interactive map of Cape Canaveral. There are red

and blue markers on the map. Click on each red marker for a notecard with information about
the point of interest it indicates.

South Shore

West of Cape Canaveral is the NPL exhibit, a guest installation from the National Physical Laboratory in the UK.

Follow the brick path beyond the NPL pavilion to the Gift Shop.

A model of the Voyager space probe is at the end of the walkway that goes in front of the Gift Shop.
Click on the sign in front of it for a notecard.

On a platform above the walkway is the Real Time Satellite Propagator. This is an interactive exhibit
that rezzes
satellite models that move into their real time orbital positions above the earth.

South of the Satellite Propagator is a small park with a boat landing. Relax awhile, rest your feet
and enjoy listening to the seagulls.

Sim Center

Lower Rocket Ring - The pillars supporting the upper ring have plaques acknowledging some

of the contributors to the ISM. There are also several exhibits on the lower level. On the

eastern curve is a model of the Pluto New Horizons space probe that is presently on its way
to the outer solar system and beyond after being launched in early March 2006.

Upper Rocket Ring - There are many models of rockets here, built to life-size scale. Signs located

around the ring give notecards with information about selected rocket exhibits.

On the upper north east curve (temporary location) is a model of the Space Ship One, the

first space craft built by private enterprise, and the winner of the X-Prize. This model is

to scale. Right click and choose “sit here” to see if you can fit. Keep in mind most Second

Life Avatars are larger than real life.

In the center of the rocket ring is the amphitheater where special programs take place.

On a viewing platform above the amphitheater is a clockwork model of the solar system. Read the
sign to learn how to command the planets to move into position for any specific date (within
some limits).

And here is a Hubble Space Telescope notecard.

The Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was named in honor Edwin Hubble, who, in the 1920s, became the first person to identify galaxies outside of our own Milky Way. Using the 100-inch Hooker Telescope atop Mt. Wilson in Pasadena, California, his findings provided the foundation for the Big Bang Theory and our current understanding of the expanding Universe. Edwin Hubble was named one of Time magazine’s Most Influential People of the 20th century.

The HST was placed in orbit by the crew of Shuttle Discovery on April 25, 1990 and was immediately in trouble due to a poorly-ground mirror. It drifted for three years while scientists and engineers struggled to understand the imaging problem. Finally in December 1993, the crew of Shuttle Endeavour inserted what was, in essence, a contact lens to help the telescope focus.

Since that time, Hubble has orbited the Earth nearly 100,000 times covering roughly 2.3 billion miles. Almost 4,000 astronomers the world over have used Hubble to examine the depths of our Universe, taking over 700,000 images of more than 22,000 astronomical treasures.

Since it began operations back in 1993, Hubble has been in need of basic repairs. Gyroscopes need to be replaced and some of its batteries are failing. NASA has been leery of sending a Shuttle for a repair mission because the telescope’s orbit is different than that of the International Space Station. If the astronauts run into problems while working on Hubble, there is no “safe haven” for them to turn to. But, in October 2006, NASA announced plans for a repair mission to Hubble, scheduled for Spring of 2008. After that, the Shuttle fleet is slated to be retired in 2010.

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  1. [...] Spaceport Alpha - International Spaceflight Museum Here is a pretty cool place, if you are interested in being an astronaut, a rocket scientist, or just like space stuff in general, the International Spaceflight Museum at Spaceport Alpha (115, 157, 22) PG is a place you ant to check out. They have videos you can watch at anytime, they have one with astronomers talking about stars and some new extra technique, the next one was an early broadcast of a rocket taking off. [...]

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