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Every year I serve as a judge Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge, it is a very large competition for 5th through 8th grade. They all get the same mission to plan (mining H3 on the moon), but also need a secondary mission and this year that was to come up with a spot to keep the crew fit. The required mission did come from a movie we all discussed a couple of years ago.

On the third day I was judging the design of the base. That included their launch facilities, living, and working spaces for their crew.

One team (on the younger side, I think they were either 5th or 6th grade) when I asked about launch facilities said they were going to use a rail gun (it was on their model) so that the H3 tanks could be launched into space and collected in orbit to be brought down to earth. When they showed it to me I said something about like “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress”). I got a blank stare back; so I will admit that the movie did have a rail gun in it so they could have got it somewhere else. Next while they were showing me their crew working arrangements they pointed to their exercise facility. Their sport was flying; one of the little girls on the team told me they would have special wings that they would strap on. I said OK one of you has to be a Heinlein fan. They all still had that blank stare so I suggested they might try reading some.
I thought after if it was not one of the students then it would have to be one of the parents.

Ed

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If they had been able to work in polyandry it would be cased closed. ;)

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Someone is messing with your head :-)


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PeterScott wrote:
Someone is messing with your head :-)


By that time I had talked with about 300 groups so it is very possible :ugeek:

There were a lot of groups that really did a good job and a few that did not really get what the differences are

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Meanwhile, in election news, lunar mining has come up as an issue in one of the presidential debates.

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beamjockey wrote:


Hmm, I'm missing the connection between lunar mining and proscribing gay marriage. It must not be an official part of his platform.


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