Go For Launch!
AIAA Apollo Series
This event is part of the AIAA Apollo Series. The overall Series Winner will be invited to attend International Astronautical Congress in October 2019 and will have their experiment built and flown to the International Space Station. Open to students in grades 8-12 from any school or homeschool.
Team may be subject to change due to schedules.
Astronaut Greg H. Johnson (Retired)
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.
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 a 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 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!
Alicia Morgan earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Science Engineering from Tuskegee University and New Mexico State University with a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering. She has worked at Fortune 500 companies such as Lockheed Martin, The Boeing Company, and Raytheon. Her transition into the nonprofit sector was as a Program Leader for Heart House Dallas, an after-school program serving refugee and immigrant children. In her role at the Frontiers of Flight Museum as Vice President of Education and Programs, she reaches over 42,000 students annually through STEM Education. She is a TEDx Speaker, honoree for The Women of Color in STEM Conference K-12 Promotion of Education Award, Dallas Millennial Gala STEM Leader of the Year and a Dallas Business Journal Women in Technology Awards Advocate. As a Public Voices Fellow, she has feature articles in many online and print publications.