Go For Launch!
Open to students in grades 9-12. Students must attend both days of the event.
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.
When you register for this event you will notice that there are multiple payment options. The rack rate for this event is $300 per student. We know that during these challenging times, financially some folks need a bit of assistance. As such, we have created a “Pay What You Can” option where you can select the payment level that you can afford for your student to attend this event. We are committed to supporting your students and this is one way we hope to do so. (Are you a company that would like to help support this? We actually don’t have the proper funding to be able to offer this option and very much could use some sponsor and/or donor support. Please contact us if you’d like to help.)
Team may be subject to change due to schedules.
Don Thomas, PhD; Astronaut (Retired)
Selected by NASA in January 1990, Dr. Thomas became an astronaut in July 1991. Dr. Thomas has served in the Safety, Operations Development, and Payloads Branches of the Astronaut Office. He was CAPCOM (spacecraft communicator) for Shuttle missions STS-47, 52 and 53. From July 1999 to June 2000 he was Director of Operations for NASA at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. A veteran of four space flights, STS-65, STS-70, STS-83 and STS-94, he has logged over 1,040 hours in space as a Mission Specialist.
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, 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!