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Museum of Science Fiction
Project Status Update No. 8, Q4 2015
December 29, 2015

An early Happy New Year to everyone!
It's been a great year for the Museum, and before the ball drops on December 31, I hope you will consider joining the Museum of Science Fiction. Not only are 2016 memberships tax deductible for 2015, but Museum Members get ticket discounts to Escape Velocity as an added benefit.

We accomplished a lot in 2015, and the year in review has much to show:
· Announced the CubeSat Competition
· Announced the Journal of Science Fiction
· Received three CarMax matching grant awards
· Installed the Future of Travel exhibit at National Airport
· Released the iOS Mobile App
· Signed a NASA Space Act Agreement
· Announced Escape Velocity for 2016
· Exhibited at Awesome Con 2015
· Ben Bova joined our advisory board
· Supported Disney’s Tomorrowland opening
· Built the Virtual Museum of Science Fiction
· Morgan Gendel came to Brooklyn for Lectures
· Installed the Architectural Designs exhibit in Brooklyn
· Opened the Minecraft Server for Informal Learning
· Supported NASA with Comet Hitchhiker Concept

2016 will be the year we leave orbit. I hope you will join us as we launch two major activities: Escape Velocity and the Mobile Museum.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season - best regards for the New Year!

Greg Viggiano
Executive Director

Above image credit: Mike Winklemann, MOSF Featured Artist
Dan Curry, Star Trek Visual Effects Supervisor,
joins Escape Velocity

Dan is well known for his work on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: The Next Generation as director, visual effects supervisor, and producer. He will be on several discussion panels as we celebrate Star Trek's 50th Anniversary.
Escape Velocity tickets can be purchased here:
Mobile Museum Target Date: Fall 2016
The Museum has selected northern Virginia as the site for its Mobile Museum. During our International Architectural Design Competition, several concepts were submitted which featured shipping containers. The Museum's design team is looking at this approach for rapid market entry and quick-stop roadshows.

The Mobile Museum will provide an early presence in advance of finalizing the location of the Preview Museum and will debut next fall with an outdoor science fiction film and lecture series. A special project webpage will be published in Q1 2016 to show planning activities.
Escape Velocity 2016
There have been lots of exciting developments for our inaugural Escape Velocity convention since we announced it in the spring - including an Interrogator Droid in the Preview Museum sneak peek exhibit.
Check out the latest updates here
Purchase your tickets here
Hotel room reservations here

Call for Escape Velocity Volunteers
As with any space launch, success depends on a great ground crew, so if you would like to volunteer at Escape Velocity and help us achieve a perfect liftoff, please contact us as soon as possible and RSVP for our first info session at the Gaylord Marriott, Saturday January 30 at 2pm.

Kickstarter in January
With our partners at Kickstarter, we're offering discount and VIP tickets, as well as a slew of other perks for backers at the end of January. Funds raised will go to bringing even more terrific guests from the worlds of STEAM and science fiction to Escape Velocity. Some of the perks will only be available through Kickstarter and in limited quantity, so if you are thinking of attending, you definitely will want to check out what we have in store. As an example, here's a sneak peek of our con shirt design.
CubeSat Competition
There's still time to register for the CubeSat Competition. Announced at the White House Astronomy Night on October 19 and in partnership with Cornell University, the CubeSat Competition is another Museum initiative to inspire interest in STEM education. It is open to all high school students, and the winning proposal will actually be built and launched into space on a future NASA mission. Complete rules and submission instructions can be found here.
Tom Foolery
Clear your schedules for February 23, 2016 when the Museum teams up with Thomas Foolery bar in Washington, DC for a night of drinks, games, and fun with MOSF staff and fans. Bring some friends for science fiction trivia with our Mobile App, specialty drinks, and guest bartenders.

Escape Velocity tickets prizes will be awarded to trivia contest winners. We'll post additional details on our Facebook page as we approach the date, so keep an eye out for that.
2015 Prospectus - Now Available
The 2015 Museum of Science Fiction Prospectus highlights our activities over the past year and how we are moving forward to bring the Museum to reality. Download the 2015 prospectus here
CAD Space Pen
The iconic scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey where the Parker Robo Pen is floating in zero gravity amazed moviegoers at the time as a cutting edge special effect created by Doug Trumbull. Now, modern technology and 3D printers allow us to make a replica of that very pen for ourselves. Please visit our CAD catalog where the file for this beautiful space pen can be downloaded for free.
Android Mobile App
Android device owners can soon join the fun as our MOSF Mobile App will be released next week on the Play Store. To celebrate, we have updated the trivia game with a batch of several hundred more questions across all categories. This update is totally free and available for both our new Android users as well as fans who have been enjoying it on their Apple devices.
Mike Winklemann: New Featured Artist
The Museum is thrilled to add Mike "beeple" Winklemann to our Featured Artists page. Mike is a graphic designer from Appleton, Wisconsin whose design can be seen on our CubeSat Competition poster. To see more of Mike's work, including his amazing short films and VJ clips, check out his website.
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