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Spring Comes to EML-1 BALLroom — 2015 March 29 March 29, 2015

Posted by Bryce Walden in Activities at NSS Region in the SciLands, Environments, Land Creation and Modification; Landscaping, Life Support.
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Snow melts into mud; the ice rink melts into a pool: Spring arrives at the EML-1 BALLroom Indoor Park.

Snow melts into mud; the ice rink melts into a pool: Spring arrives at the EML-1 BALLroom Indoor Park.

The winter clouds lighten, temperatures rise, the winter snow melts into slippery mud, and the dance-floor ice rink melts, returning moisture to the air and ground of the artificially-maintained park at the Earth-Moon L1 Space BALLroom in Second Life. Planetologist and Groundskeeper P’rng Flagstaff watches over the process. Galoshes recommended. We regularly meet at the table under the whiteboard directly across the room. Earth-Moon L1 BALLroom (MEET HERE MONDAYS 15:00 PACIFIC TIME): http://slurl.com/secondlife/National%20Space%20Society/109/142/1260 .

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Second Life Science Fiction Convention — 2015 February 20 – March 01 March 1, 2015

Posted by Bryce Walden in Buildings & Things, Events, Second Life.
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Bunker With A Heart: Apollo 17 MuseumThis Exhibit Won Third Place for Themed Exhibits at the Con. Trophy received 2015 03 12. Build permanently moved to Tranquility Base level at NSS in SL.

National Space Society was able to secure a 32m x 32m “open-air booth” at the Second Life Science Fiction Convention, February 20 to March 01, 2015. This year’s theme was “Future Sci-Fi Resort”. After some brainstorming, our team decided to build on our success with the Apollo 11 Landing Site display from 2014. We started with a basic bunker design from Asterion Coen of Paris, and built up an “Apollo 17 Visitor’s Center Museum”. The pressurized building would be emplaced on the Moon adjacent to the preserved Apollo 17 site, last of the Apollo explorations.

We requested, and were given, a small parcel located on “high ground” so we would be visible from afar while staying within the 42m building height restriction.

Inside the Museum, we included an Apollo Flight Profile poster; publicity photo of the crew; and some Apollo memorabilia including the crew patch, final memorial plaque, a full-size Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) and full-size Lunar Excursion Module (LEM lander). Overhead in “outer space” a sculpture representing a launched Apollo stack rose into the sky. In the enclosed screenshot, our P’rng Flagstaff waves from the entrance. A wave of welcome, and of farewell to Leonard Nimoy, who died February 27, near the end of the Convention.

Visitors received the following greeting when they passed through the entrance:


“Welcome to the Apollo 17 Visitor Center and Museum, sponsored by National Space Society.

“The Center is built just outside the Apollo 17 site, which is preserved as it was left. It was dedicated on December 7, 2072, on the 100th Anniversary of the launch of the last Apollo flight.

“Within are exhibits from the days of Apollo. Touch the displays for more information. Consider the daring and bravery of these explorers using mid-20th Century technology.

“Enjoy your visit to this museum of “The End of the Beginning” of lunar exploration. Feel free to ask our volunteer docents any questions. Thanks for visiting!”


After the Convention, the organizing committee presented a trophy to NSS in Second Life for “2015 Best in Theme 3rd Place”, a great showing given there were several dozen exhibitors. This prize-winning set is preserved on a section of the Tranquillity Base site at NSS in Second Life, specifically http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/National%20Space%20Society/169/168/3675 .