New Go For Launch! Event Manager

Go For Launch! Utah

Mission Complete!

Help Higher Orbits continue to provide these GO FOR LAUNCH! events. Your donation ensures that our organization continues to excite and educate children about SPACE and STEM!

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

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Presenting Team

Team may be subject to change due to schedules.

Captain Wendy Lawrence is a retired naval aviator and NASA astronaut. As a helicopter pilot, she made several shipboard deployments to the North Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Kenya. After earning a master’s degree in ocean engineering from MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Lawrence was selected as an astronaut in 1992 and worked at NASA for 14 years. A veteran of four shuttle missions (STS-67, 86, 91 and 114), she has logged over 50 days in space.

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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.

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Doug Hurley joined Propulsion Systems in August 2021 as the senior director of Business Development.Doug was selected as a NASA astronaut in 2000, and piloted space shuttle mission STS-127 in July 2009 as well as STS-135 in July 2011, the final flight of the space shuttle program. He launched into space for the third time as spacecraft commander of the first crewed spaceflight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon, the Demo-2 mission, the first crewed spaceflight from American soil since STS-135.Also while with NASA, Doug was assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office, which included Kennedy Operations Support as a “Cape Crusader,” where he was the lead Astronaut Support Personnel for shuttle missions STS‐107 and STS‐121. He worked Shuttle Landing and Rollout, served on the Columbia Reconstruction Team at Kennedy Space Center and served in the Exploration branch in support of the selection of the Orion Multi‐Purpose Crew Vehicle. He also served as the NASA Director of Operations at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia.Before joining NASA, Doug was a fighter pilot and test pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps. He has spent a total of 93 days in space. He was also the first Marine to fly the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet.Doug

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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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Other Team Members To Be Announced

Presented in Partnership with…

Supported by Sponsors:

Big Bang

Solar System Explorers

Intergalactic Voyagers

Event Location Details

Holland & Hart
222 South Main Str,
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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