February 13, 2017

3 Days With An Astronaut: ‘Go For Launch!’ Returns to Deerfield High School

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Using space experiments, non-profit aims to get students excited about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields.

DEERFIELD, IL — A space exploration science program giving students a chance to spend three days with retired astronauts and NASA staff, as well as an opportunity to create a science experiment to be launched into space, will return to Deerfield High School for a second consecutive year in March.

Former space station flight controller and astronaut instructor Michelle Lucas started the Go For Launch! program last year. It’s the first project undertaken by her educational non-profit, Higher Orbits. A native of Hobart, Indiana, Lucas spent more than a decade working for NASA at Johnson Space Center in Houston before shifting her focus to education.