New Go For Launch! Event Manager

Go For Launch! Lexington

2021 Events!

Open to students from anywhere in grades 9-12 (including rising 9th graders.) Students must attend both days of the event. Event runs each day from 8am-6pm.

  • Aug 2 & 3, 2021, 8:00am-6:00pm

2021 Events

These are the new dates!

Open to students from anywhere in grades 9-12 (including rising 9th graders.) Students must attend both days of the event. Event runs each day from 8am-6pm.

During this challenging time when many students may be missing classes we hope that our Go For Launch! program can provide (once safe to do so) much needed STEM, teamwork, and communication engagement. Should we need to change the dates of a program due to this constantly evolving situation, we will reschedule not cancel. We are committed to supporting all these stellar students.

Presenting Team

Team may be subject to change due to schedules.

Greg H. Johnson a decorated fighter pilot, test pilot and Astronaut, flew as the Pilot of STS-123 (delivering the first part of the Japanese module Kibo to the International Space Station) and STS-134 (the final flight of Endeavour) and has completed nearly 500 orbits of Earth. Former President and Executive Director of the Center for Advancement of Science in Space, Johnson is vey familiar with science aboard the International Space Station. He is a huge advocate of STEM for students and is excited to be part of the Go For Launch! team.

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​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!

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Twyman Clements is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Space Tango. Twyman leads a multidisciplinary team to deliver automated products that operate in the microgravity environment of low-Earth orbit (LEO). Twyman is frequently recognized for Space Tango’s innovative contributions to developing a new market infrastructure in LEO. He was inducted into the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and is a 2018 recipient of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business. Under Twyman’s leadership, Space Tango is maturing these research and hardware capabilities for sustainable manufacturing in space where microgravity is an asset to both the production process and their partners. Space Tango continues to excel in providing efficient and cost-effective product development cycles and rapid delivery of configurable systems to Fortune 500 companies, startups, research foundations, and academic institutions. Prior to Space Tango, Twyman served as a senior space system engineer at Kentucky Space where he developed high altitude balloons, CubeSats and other ISS hardware. Twyman received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Kentucky in mechanical engineering where he first began developing the original product architecture for Space Tango.

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As Chief Operating Officer at Space Tango, Mr. Markowitz has overall responsibility for all major operational functional areas, including general business, financial, legal, and regulatory activities, contract negotiations, and human resources. In addition, Jeffrey leads all compliance-related initiatives for Space Tango, establishing standards and implementing policies and procedures in support of the compliance programs established by the organization. Jeffrey Markowitz is an experienced senior executive with over 25 years expertise in operations, strategy and finance across industry sectors, including technology, healthcare tech, real estate, and financial services. Prior to joining Space Tango, Jeffrey served as CEO of Thynk Health, a healthcare software solution that leverages AI technologies to automate manual processes for lung cancer screening, and COO of MakeTime, Inc., (acquired by Xometry in 2018), an on-demand industrial parts marketplace.

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Other Team Members To Be Announced


Presented in Partnership with…

Supported by Sponsors:

Lunar Colonists

Intergalactic Voyagers

Event Location Details

Living Arts & Science Center – Lexington, KY
362 North Martin Luther King Blvd
Lexington, KY, 40508

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