SECTION No1 Introduction
SECTION No2 Welcome to the Corps of Discovery
Yonder enthusiastically accepts this commission and we will strive to meet and exceed the expectations of NASA, our Nation, the World, and future generations who will one day look back at this as the first step towards realizing a new perspective on the universe, one full of heretofore unseen possibilities and experiences.
As mandated by NASA’s commission, Yonder is prepared to lead the re-deployment of the Corps of Discovery (COD), and if we achieve even a modicum of the success our predecessors had in their endeavors, then we will count our mission successful. Echoing the core spirit of the original Corps, Yonder has updated the essential values of our project, and boiled them down to three key ideas:
- Explore. We take it upon ourselves to sally forth into unknown and uncharted lands, worlds, cultures, and spheres with the express goals of observing and recording our experience therein.
- Engage. Interaction, comprehension, and compassion will be our guiding principles when engaging newly discovered cultures and societies—all while we maintain a vision and voice that activates the interest of our terrestrial peers.
- Entertain. In order to effect a comprehensive shift towards the mission and ideals of the COD, Yonder understands that entertainment is essential to activating and compelling the interest of our peers. There is no doubt that a focus on generating entertainment-focused media will best serve the dissemination and comprehension of our mission focus.
Introductory Briefs for the Three Missions Initiated After the Re-Establishment of the Corps of Discovery
- M1 – Lewis and Clark, an Audit [2016–2017]: To wholly assimilate the zeitgeist of the Lewis and Clark spirit, Yonder sets out to retrace the path of the original COD in reverse, from Astoria to St. Louis. We will rely on word-of-mouth information, depend on the nuanced specifics of local knowledge, and use our own curiosity to guide and influence our progress. Fundamental to our locomotion is the understanding that in the original mission transportation via waterways was of vital importance. Consequently Yonder’s path will float or follow these liquid highways throughout our adventure, and our equipment selection will echo this choice.
- M2 –Alpha Proxima : While still in the initial planning stages, the COD has been tapped to spearhead the creation and development of the systems, devices, and personnel strategies that will take the COD to the Earth’s closest neighboring star with a viable Earth-like exoplanet: Alpha Proxima. Once there we intend interact with the planet’s inhabitants, using the 3E’s of the COD—explore, engage, and entertain—as the foundation of our communication.
- M3 – IALCVP : Our first extraterrestrial mission will be to the Moon. As stated above, NASA has a great interest in increasing interest in the moon and its recreational possibilities. The details of this mission are outlined below.
SECTION No3 Welcome to the International Alphonsus Lunar Celestial Vortex Park
Yonder has long been fascinated with the Moon; its rough and barren terrain, minimal gravity, and celestial solitude manifest an unquenchable desire to explore. It is reassuring to see that a synergy of thought has begun to coalesce around lunar exploration and investigation. What for many had long been viewed as a pipe dream is becoming an actuality. In eager anticipation of the 2020 launch, Yonder has reached out to our most esteemed contractors and contributors in order to immediately begin preparations for this expedition.
The gravity of this expedition is not to be taken lightly and we have activated our best resources and contractors to develop the itinerary, equipment, and resources essential to successfully completing our mission. While most of these are still in the early stages of development, they nonetheless show that development is well underway for our most audacious project yet.
SECTION No4 Proposed IALCVP
- A – IALCVP Welcome Center and Day Hike Areas: This will be the main lodge component of the IALCVP as well as the transit center for visitors arriving and leaving the moon. Will include curated accommodations and a wide selection of dining options at various levels of affordability and comfort. Just a quick rocket shuttle from the Welcome Center, the day hiking area is perfect for families, friends, and hikers interested in seeing what the IALCVP has to offer without getting too far away from the creature comforts of the Welcome Center. Take in stunning views of Earth and the majestic walls of the carter with the ones you love.
- B – Solitude Exploration Zone: For visitors in need of some solo time on the Moon we’ve created the Solitude Exploration Zone. A strict visitor quota will be in effect in this region to ensure that you can enjoy the stark and haunting beauty of being alone on the Moon!
- C – Obsidian Lake and Lunar Plains: In this region the IALCVP will maintain strict surveillance on the usage of non-celestial light so that visitors can revel in the full experience of the lunar night while gliding across the depthless and majestic Obsidian Lake.
- D – Rugged Terrain and Adventure Park: Located on the steep and treacherous NW walls of the carter, the RTAP speaks to those looking to take advantage of the Moon’s limited gravity. Ski, snowboard, and mountain bike runs, crater parkour and team-building courses, bungee jumping, and Moon bounding zones are set up within this area for those who think taking it too the limit means more than just setting foot on the Moon.
Conceptual Renderings of Moon-Based Activities Art by Ron Miller.
Corps of Discovery Lunar Bicycle The primary vehicle for the initial survey of the IALCVP, designed by Erik Nohlin.
- 1. Next-generation photovoltaic cells will provide the bulk of Moonjammer's onboard life support, communication, and navigation.
- 2. Energy will also fill fuels cell stored in the side Burra Burra compartments to provide back up power if issues occur.
- 1. Radio will remain the best way to communicate on the lunar surface, and it will be part of the COD's mission to scout and install repeaters to ensure seamless communication throughout the park.
- 1. Integral to the three E's of the COD's mission will be the capture of imagery from the Moon's surface and the COD's interaction with the environment throughout the course of their expedition.
- 2. Pairs with matching camera on front of vehicle.
- 1. On the surface of the moon water will be in short supply, as in non-existent.
- 2. Hydration is critical to the success of this expedition and the Moonjammer is equipped with prototype water filtration units that capture 98% of the water from urine collected by capture units in the crew's suits.
- 1. The Moonjammer will employ a simple short see-saw pedal system for efficient human-powered locomotion and hassle-free function.
- 1. These Burra Burra compartments will hold individual exploration equipment and personal belongings.
- 1. It's radar. You know what radar does.
- 1. An homage to the equipment that the COD used in their Earthly missions, the Titanium Spacemoose Handlebar melds ideal ergonomics with unparalleled strength.
- 1. This is where the driver sits, that's what cockpit means.
Corps of Discovery Space Suit Functional and stylish for next generation of lunar explorer, designed by Erika Howrey Giarrizzo.
- 1. Integrated heads-up display, advanced communication capabilities, respiration filtration, impact protection, life support integration and an airlock food hatch.
- 1. The plastic is tested to withstand a blast from a .44 magnum at point blank range (roughly the speed of an errant space particle).
- 2. Also contains the heads up display.
- 3. Screen automatically adjusts to light fluctuations.
- 1. Provides easily accessible storage for all those little things.
- 1. Carbon filament weave and non-toxic insulation make this suit mobile and comfortable throughout the extreme temperature fluctuations of a lunar day.
- 1. An advanced poly fiber allows the user to sense their surroundings as if barehanded while maintaining the protection required for the mission.
- 1. Necessary for assisting in identifying and tracking COD team members during the lunar night.
- 1. These work seamlessly with the suit's temperature control system while providing near Earth-like maneuverability.