New Go For Launch! Event Manager

Go For Launch! Alabama

This event is open to students in grades 8-12 (including rising eight graders and recently graduating seniors.) Students must attend the full day for all days of the event. We want to ensure that all students who are interested in participating are able to do so irrespective of financial status, as such, a pay what you can option with costs ranging

If you are in need of financial aid to be able to attend this event please contact us at GoForLaunch@HigherOrbits.org

  • July 20-22 | 9:00am - 4:00pm

* Includes all supplies, lunch, snacks, event t-shirt, event mission patch, space swag bag and more!

Presenting Team

Team may be subject to change due to schedules.

Charles Joseph “Charlie” Camarda is an American engineer and a NASA astronaut who flew his first mission into space on board the Space Shuttle mission STS-114, NASA’s “Return to Flight” mission following Columbia. He served as Senior Advisor for Engineering Development at NASA Langley Research Center.

Michelle Lucas spent 10+ years working at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. First as part of the International Space Station (ISS) Payload Safety Review Panel (PSRP) and then in the Mission Operations Directorate as a Flight Controller in ISS Mission Control and as an Astronaut Instructor in the ISS Daily Operations Group. Additionally, she worked with each of the International Partners (European Space Agency – ESA, Japanese Space Agency – JAXA, and the Russian Space Agency) in the field of Daily Operations, Flight Controller, and Instructor Training. Michelle was part of the Core NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) team for 9 missions where astronauts would carry out analog space missions underwater in the Aquarius habitat. Along the way, Michelle found she has a passion for launching the next generation’s dreams and ambitions. Her passion for inspiring students led to extensive work with other organizations in STEM outreach so she founded the non-profit Higher Orbits to use space to excite and inspire students about STEM, Leadership, Teamwork, and Communication. Michelle is proud to be a Space Camp Alum, AIAA Associate Fellow, and member of the Space Camp Hall of Fame. She believes that collaboration in space and STEM is the key to the stars! Space Inspires!

Katy recalls being initially drawn to the wonders of space during her days on campus at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. While pursuing her undergrad in Communication, she always enjoyed catching a glimpse of the occasional rocket trail or hearing the launches out of Kennedy Space Center. In 2020, Katy was truly able to embrace her space curiosities when she had the opportunity to work as a communication intern for Higher Orbits. She graduated from Embry-Riddle with honors in 2021 and currently holds the position of Communications Director. Her skills of graphic design, photography, and writing allow her to launch her creative side into the cosmos where she can help connect students across the country with the excitement of Higher Orbits and their Go For Launch! programs.

Other Team Members To Be Announced

Series Sponsor…

Supported by Sponsors:

Intergalactic Voyagers

Event Location Details

Madison Public Library
142 Plaza Blvd Madison, AL 35758


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