Mission 2412 “Event Horizon” opened with a computer exploding on station, harming one of the Station commanders, Mac Bacon. A Soyuz Rocket was launched to bring Mac back to Earth. Later in the day Mission Commander Kelly Temporal accepted a contact offer from the United Broadcasting Corporation to launch a satellite. The Soyuz landed with Mac and he was immediately sent to the hospital and put into the Intensive Care Unit. He died of his injuries later in the week. Dr. Lennon was our teacher in space helping the astronauts solve anagrams that were sent to Station from HAL and riddles that came from satellites.
Tuesday opened with solving satellites and few problems. Mission Control’s contract with UBC went into effect when Mission Control started receiving telemetry from the satellite that was launched. Mission and Station came to an agreement that the computer needed to be replaced. Mission Control then contacted the ACME Corporation about purchasing a new space computer for station. Mission accepted the offer for the new computer. The NuSTAR telescope was launched at 3:45. Mr. Overeem was the teacher in space helping the astronauts solve music satellites. Station solved 80% of the 20 songs that were played.
Wednesday was an eventful day, Station started the day with the lights out, while Mission Control began the day by hearing about technical issues on the HL-20. Astronaut Betsy Fritsche was injured during a solar flare. In the meantime Mission Control received an offer from a Boeing CEO to immediately launch a CST-100. The contract with UBC was terminated after computers in Mission and Station were flooded with several satellites at once. The ACME computer made it to station, but upon opening the box, all parts of the computer were disassembled. Mission Commander Kelly tried contacting ACME but was unsuccessful. The CST-100 dedocked, but was unable to land successfully and crashed killing astronaut Betsy and Medical Officer Lauren Young, and the two pilots, Head Pilot Austin Humphrey and Jack Dobey.
On Thursday, Mission Control started receiving data from the NuSTAR Telescope. The data was decoded to show graphs of the galaxies and any possible black holes that would appear. An ACME technician was sent up to station to help put the computer together. Said technician was electrocuted when he plugged the computer in. He was revived by a new space CPR machine. By the end of the day, Mission had received a few of the NuSTAR data satellites and had decoded them to see that all was well within the galaxies. For now.
Friday was a deadly day. The MBSU 3 (Main Bus Switching Unit 3) was off and the astronauts had to
physically reroute wires. Astronaut Shane Wacker was electrocuted when he touched a live wire while inspecting the wiring. Mission Control chose to use the MACS Incorporated space vehicle to bring astronaut Wacker down. The Dragon was unable to dock with station, and drifted off into space with pilots Grace Lupo, Dylan Sinn, and Ethan Line. After the unsuccessful dock, the toilet exploded from a pressure buildup. Shrapnel from the explosion hit astronaut Commander Amanda Steinmetz; she died of her injuries.
The last day of the mission had a dark start as Station was turning off lights to help with a TCS problem. A solar flare hit Station, killing astronaut Lauren Sicht. Later astronaut Thomas Nabelek fainted for no apparent reason. Mission Control detected a black hole moving towards Station and alerted Station. Station tried to send three of the astronauts to Earth on the emergency Soyuz attached to Station. Astronaut Nick Young was able to pilot the Soyuz close to Earth with help from a flight technician in Mission Control, but when they tried to land, the Soyuz crashed. Astronaut Thomas woke up and was in the middle of solving a satellite when the black hole engulfed the Station. Mission 2412 ended in a black hole.
Special thanks to our teachers in space: Dr. Virginia Lennon and Mr. Phillip Overeem.
Thanks to Anne Esbeck, Ed VanCise (NASA’s Lead Flight Director for the Increment 28 Crew), Mayor Bob McDavid, former astronaut Col. Steve Nagel, The University of Missouri Science and Technology, Missouri State Representative Stephen Webber, The Columbia Tribune, and The Missourian for visiting us this week.