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Dear Friends -

It's been about 10 days since Escape Velocity wrapped up, and I wanted to send you all a quick note to say thank you. Thank you to all our amazing guest speakers who flew in from all over the world (some as far as Australia) to share their wisdom on everything from space travel and nanoscience to the history of the Klingon language.

Thank you to all of our sponsors and exhibitors who took a chance with us in this, our first year, and helped make the idea for Escape Velocity a reality. I'm so grateful to the team of volunteers who worked so hard over the past year to make this convention a success, especially all those Pink Shirts who came on board in this last month to bring it all together.

And most of all, thank you to all of ours fans and supporters who came and shared their love for science fiction with us. Some of you have supported the Museum of Science Fiction for a long time, and for some of you this was the first time you had ever heard about us, but it's my sincere hope that all of you learned something and had a good time. Below, please enjoy just a small selection of highlights from our first year, major event.

Best regards,

Greg Viggiano
Executive Director
Dr. Alex Young of NASA said he fell in love with space from a young age by watching Star Trek, and it's because of that TV show that he got to where he is today. There is no finer embodiment of the educational mission of the Museum of Science Fiction than that! NASA was our event partner at Escape Velocity and their presentations on everything from visiting Mars and virtual reality to 3D printing kept guests visiting their booth all weekend long.
The winners of our international CubeSat Competition were in attendance at the Gala Dinner on Saturday night to receive their awards. Here, Dr. Mason Peck of Cornell University presents an award to Warren Su of the Dulwich School.

Also in attendance were Dan Curry, Luvia Petersen, Gigi Edgley, Adam Nimoy, and Rod and Heidi Roddenberry.
Speaking of 3D printing, our friends at Local Motors had an amazing presence at the show. Besides showing off their partially 3D-printed vehicle and leading a few panels on topics like the future of autonomous vehicles, they also graciously sponsored our Friday night Science Fiction Trivia Contest. Expect to be amazed when they announce this month the winner of their cargo drone challenge.
 
Drones may not be a common sight in the skies quite yet, but they were a pervasive sight on the exhibition floor. Between the drone-mounted facial recognition system on display by everis and the custom racing drones from the DC Area Drone User Group darting around the track, convention attendees got a close-up view of this exciting technology which will one day soon be a part of our everyday lives as they do everything from deliver our packages to take photos of us. Selfie drone, anyone?
 
One of the main goals of the Museum and Escape Velocity, is to inspire our young generation to pursue STEAM education. It was a thrill to see some of our youngest exhibitors in action on the exhibition floor. Joseph Kaperst and his team from District Coder Dojo and Swetha Prabakaran and the crew from Everybody Code Now! were on site showing their peers how simple and fun it can be to learn how to program. These bright young stars exhibit the kind of enthusiasm for science and technology we hope to inspire in many more kids at Escape Velocity next year.
 
Check out the 501st Legion and others on Facebook for more EV2016 photos
 
James Suriano was another star of the convention that was so gracious with his time. Besides speaking on two panels -- one on time travel and another on robots -- James was signing copies of his latest novel, Dark, which was just released last month. NASA astronaut, Don Thomas was another author in attendance courtesy of the Heinlein Prize Trust Have Spacesuit Will Travel program along with new author and former NASA shuttle engineer Darren Beyer who kindly took the time to chat with fans about the science fiction thriller Casimir Bridge, the first book in his Anghazi series.
 
Dan Curry and Adam Nimoy
From all of us at the Museum of Science Fiction and Escape Velocity, we hope to see you next year!
 
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