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Holographic classroom representing a European classroom in 1905

Spaceola develops holographic learning environments to keep students 'in touch' with historic timelines and trends.

Instructors and students on Mars use digital holographic AI as a learning tool to recreate historic settings and events.

In this holographic scene, created to be a replica of a European 1905 classroom setting, students are introduced in real time to Einstein's 'new' theory of general relativity. Props include published papers, pencils, and notepads in use during this period.

"Our students enjoy learning in different eras. Their clothing and hairstyles are period correct. The AI teacher speaks in the speech patterns of the era," said superintendent and Holographic AI creation Jim Valvano from his virtual office at NC State on Earth. "Everywhere they look, they are living and learning back in time from people that have shaped life on earth."

Students, among them 16 year-old Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, love the experience. "Where else but here can I learn as things are happening. Next week we'll be sitting in an old 2000-era classroom where we'll learn in real time about the creation of PayPal by Elon Musk."

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Tulsa Millennial proposes to his Jacksonville Gen Z girlfriend as they float above the new 'Love Boat' Spaceola casino.

Spaceola is much more than vacuum tubes and slide rules.

Tulsa Millennial Todd Kowalski works remotely from Tulsa, Oklahoma as a smartphone app developer. His longtime girlfriend Carlita Rodríguez, a Gen Z'er, works remotely as a data migration project manager in Jacksonville, FL.

"We planned this trip to Mars before the Covid," said Todd. "It seemed like the perfect opportunity to propose, just delayed by a year and a half."

"I had no idea," said Carlita. "We've been dating remotely for over 2 years on Zoom. I couldn't wait to meet him. Todd is SO busy that I thought marriage was the last thing on his mind."

"He booked us two seats to the Syrtis orbiting casino from the Syrtis Ranch. He popped the question as we floated over the surface of Mars. Of course I said 'Yes!"

The Captain of the Mars World Casino, Merrill Stubing, will officiate the wedding during the Mars month of Dhanus. "We're very excited. These two love birds will tie the knot and then spend the next three long years getting to know each other."

Stubing added, "All we're missing is an Elvis Chapel."

"We'll either need an OB/GYN or a lawyer," Stubing laughed. "It will be our first baby or our first divorce!"

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Spaceola surveyor checks a slide rule against readings on their handheld electronics

Topographic Survey on Mars using modern electronic and traditional handheld devices.

Spaceola surveyors use the topographic survey to locate natural and man-made topographic features on parcels of Martian soil. A topographic survey is required by Earth planetary governing agencies.

These surveys are used by planners, architects, landscape architects, and civil engineers for future site improvements and upcoming planned developments at the Syrtis dude ranch.

Martian topographic surveys are typically implemented through drone imaging and ground field methods that include slide rules and modern surveying equipment.

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Connected moving thousands of visitors to Mars.

Mars-bound Spaceola ship leaves Earth orbit with full complement of passengers and crew.

Pushing 22 environmental pods with over 2,200 passengers and 460 crew members, the Spaceola tug powers up to leave earth orbit.

"Our next stop in 5 months and 3 days will be the Syrtis Ranch on Mars," said Captain John Rackham.

"We'll be having our first meal service in an hour, followed by a Canasta tournament on the main deck or yoga on the promenade."

"Passengers have the option of being on a schedule of hibernation for two weeks and then up for a week, or, enjoying the voyage on a 24 hour earth schedule," said Rackham.

"I made the mistake of showing Kubrick's "2001" early in the last voyage. I'm sure you remember when HAL murdered all the people in hibernation. Afterwards it was nearly impossible getting anyone into our hibernation pods."

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Drone Racing training center at Syrtis Ranch on Mars.

Wild Week at Sytris Ranch with the Youth Speeder Race Training and Time Trials.

"These young people get SO excited about the speeder races," said Youth Activities Coordinator Alfred Neubauer, formerly of the Mercedes Earth team.

"Our new speeders are exciting to fly as well as being much safer than the previous racers."

The Youth Speeder Racing program was developed by Mr. Neubauer -- currently the Syrtis Ranch mechanical engineer -- after seeing young people glued to their smart phones.

"I had to do something!" he said. "Mars is such a beautiful planet and there are millions of acres of open Martian land for training and racing."

14 year old Violet Aitken is already a racing standout. “At this place, you never know,” she said. “The Mars winds can be ok and my pit crew can trim my speeder's aerodynamics perfectly. And BOOM, one of the other kids can knock you out. You can’t come into this sport thinking you’re a guaranteed shoe-in for a top spot.”

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Perseverance and a Syrtis Ranch cowhand assist the disabled Chinese lander

"It was a great example of fixin' something broken for the good of the solar system," said Syrtis cowhand Slim Whitaker.

"Our Perseverance got to the Chinese lander a few minutes before my horse, Whiskers, and I did. The wheel was sittin' a few feet away. I looked 'round where the wheel was layin' and found a nut and washer."

"It was a darn perfect fit -- the wheel, the axel on the lander, and nut and washer -- the dang thing was fixed in a minute. "

The cameras on Perseverance recorded the whole thing and sent video back to both JPL and the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

Whitaker said, "We figured CNSA wanted this fixed for good, so we invited them to send Tianwen-1 to our repair depot to check out all the nuts and bolts. Very sophisticated machine, by the way."

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The China lander talks to the Sytris Ranch concierge about a tour of Mars.

Chinese Mars Lander Books Tour of Syrtis Ranch during a visit to the Spaceola facility

"It is very exciting and quite an honor," said Syrtis Ranch Director of Ranch Tours, Laura Bullion, "and to think that the Chinese government and space agency entrusted Spaceola and Syrtis Ranch with providing diplomatic, hospitality and mechanical services for their Mars lander during the vehicle's stay."

"The lander was very polite during the booking process and on the tour itself." Ms. Bullion continued.

The Chinese space agency requested a dusting of the solar panels and cleaning of the wheels and wheel bearings, which the Ranch provided at no cost.

Syrtis Ranch General Manager Robert 'Bob' Ramshaw added, "It's not often that management and staff acts in a diplomatic role for an earth-bound international competitor, but we did our part to make the Chinese lander's stay pleasant."

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New Children's competition uniform for the pod racing

Planetary Spaceola Drone Race competition space suit approved for manufacture by event organizers.

Eight year old Billy Muffkinski lives with his parents at the Syrtis Ranch on Mars. His father works in the hydroponic park and his mom is a doctor in the Syrtis clinic. He and his sister 6 year old sister Muffy were chosen to test the new Spaceola Drone Race suits. The suits are fundamentally a big, vacuum-sealed oven/freezer.

"This is way cool," Billy said, "almost like a fancy halloween costume except nobody gives me candy."

Billy continued, "They make us wear it all day. They make us run and jump. It gets hot and cold outside and we make sure we don't feel too hot or too cold. It's a lot like Goldilocks and the Three Bears except we don't get to test the bunk mattresses in our dorm room or how hot the porridge is in the cafeteria."

The event organizers worked closely with leading earth-bound designers of custom corporate specialties after determining that developers of large metal coffee mugs with close fitting plastic tops and attractive cloth wraps for client delivery were an excellent choice for innovative thinking.

Event organizer Valerie Hayman Sklar of Corporate Specialties and a member of the Forbes Business Council said, "The new space suit design has all the best features of our favorite coffee travel mug. Everything fits together nicely and stays the right temperature. We're very excited!"

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Drone Racing training center at Syrtis Ranch on Mars

Announcing the Summer 2022 Planetary Drone Race Invitational on Mars

The 2022 drone races at the Spaceola Sytris Ranch on Mars promises to be the the solar system's most exciting in-person and remote e-sports competition of the current drone race season, with speeds of up to 180 MPH and a thrilling outdoor track.

The event will be held Monday July 11 thru Friday, July 15, 2020 at the fabulous Spaceola Sytris Ranch on Mars.

We're excited to announce that planetary drone pilot Carlos 'Charpu' Puertolas, one of the best drone racers in the solar system and revered for the freestyle tricks—corkscrews, loops, and these suicide dives, will probably be invited to speak about Drone Racing and demonstrating his hallmark remote control maneuvers at the event Monday sunset dinner.

The event is by invitation only. Please send qualifications and a recent video of current competition highlights to explore@spaceola.com for consideration to be invited to this event*.

*Travel expenses and Syrtis Ranch accommodations are the responsibility of the invitational participant. This tournament is not affiliated with the Drone Racing League or other celestial drone racing bodies.

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Although not spacious,  traveling to Mars is secure and private

Accomodations for the trip to Mars: Facilities are tight, but well designed for the extended voyage.

Pictured here: a typical mid-deck corridor, with living, and sleeping accommodations. At center is the rapid travel commute chute between all 26 decks. At right are the comfortable single-passenger sleeping berths.

"We weren't sure what to expect," said passenger Vernon Elroy of Dallas, Texas, "but the berths are comfortable and climate controlled. Food is good. And, there are plenty of tennis courts. The golf course feels like my home course in Dallas. I've improved my handicap and I'm looking forward to next week's intra-deck invitational scramble."

"And I'm learning to play competitive bridge," Elroy added wryly.

Passengers have their choice of single, double, queen, and king-sized berths. Sleep supplements are available as well, providing carefully dosed sleep periods for as long as 4 earth days.

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Napping Center on the Spaceola ship

Orbiting Mars News: Long, carefully monitored naps fill the hours on the Spaceola ship during the six month trip to Mars.

Pictured here: a napping mother and her two quiet young children - returning to the family compound and resting comfortably before landing.

"The napping center is a dream," said Tiffany.

"It goes without saying the naps help fill the time during our 6 month trip to Mars," said Tiffany Yorkina, mother of two precocious little Mars residents.

"We nap for what seems like days. They must be putting something in the water. Whatever it is, I love the uninterrupted sleep and not hearing the kids screaming at each other," she said.

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Test firing of the Spaceola cardboard booster

(Spaceola Center, Florida; April 7, 2021) Spaceola tests the new large diameter 30' (9.144 m) OD rocket motor tube on the stationary test stand on Merritt Island, Florida.

"We were surprised that our cardboard booster is more powerful than we had calculated," said Spaceola engineer George Cayley. "We may have to recalibrate our slide rules for future calculations," he quipped.

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A Spacola engineer checks specifications from within a newly delivered cardboard booster tube.

(Spaceola Center, Florida; March 30, 2021) Spaceola volunteer engineer inspects interior surfaces of new large diameter 30' (9.144 m) OD rocket motor tube.

The promise of achieving three primary goals - launch inexpensively, environmentally non-destructive, and frequent launches - are satisfied with the design and delivery of the new Spaceola cardboard rocket booster tubes.

The promise of achieving three primary goals - launch inexpensively, environmentally non-destructive, and frequent launches - are satisfied with the design and delivery of the new Spaceola cardboard rocket booster tubes.

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Where it all began. As children many of the Spaceola volunteers flew Estes Model Rockets.

Senior engineers & techs found and tested innovative new ways to inexpensively launch rockets from earth to Mars.

The three goals - by design - are simple and elegant: Launch inexpensively, environmentally non-destructive, and frequently.

First among the ideas were model rocket engines they remembered from childhood. But engineers though much bigger. They envisioned a rocket engine on a huge scale with with excellent thrust and thrust duration. Not just an inch in diameter.

Rocket engines were increased in size and fuel capacity, leading to the 30' diameter (9.144 m) rocket engine being used today.

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In an unlikely coincidence, a Syrtis Ranch tourist flys a rental drone as the Perseverance drone hovers nearby

(Syrtis Dude Ranch; March 28, 2021) Mars helicopter Ingenuity accidentally discovers unsuspecting Syrtis Dude Ranch tourist flying her OWN drone on Mars.

Syrtis tourist Doris McGillicuddy was so focused on flying her complimentary Spaceola Mars drone that she didn't immediately see or hear the Perseverance helicopter Ingenuity droning away only a few feet where she was standing.

"What a nice surprise," said Doris. "I heard a faint buzzing noise off to the right of my helmet and initially thought it was my Dude Ranch rover doing some automatic maintenance thing."

"Then I looked to my right and there it was!" she said. "Everyone is thrilled!"

"It looks so advanced and modern!"

"I tried to snap a picture with my smartphone, but my phone was attached to my handheld drone setup.

"Happily my Dude Ranch rover is always recording what I do and we found the Ingenuity image footage on the rover server later that Mars day. This is image is what you see in the digital photo we sent to earth."

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A Spaceola Syrtis Ranch cowpoke is onhand for the soft landing of the Perseverance lander.

(Syrtis Dude Ranch; February 18, 2021) While searching a pasture for a stray calf, a Syrtis Dude Ranch cowboy unexpectedly ambles on to the successful landing of the Perseverance Rover.

"I had no idea," said Syrtis ranch hand and cowboy Ben Calhoun of Topeka, KS, "But it was darn exciting to see the Sky Crane rockets fire and the Rover itself safely fall to the Mars surface."

"These scientists and engineers back on earth are doing amazing things," he quipped.

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