LEOMINSTER — According to Don Thomas, there are about a million things that will catch you by surprise during your first time in outer space, but the one that stands out is something he saw outside the space shuttle’s window during his first mission.“I was looking out at city lights and the night below me and I saw a small zip of light go by,” the former astronaut said.
By Anna Burgess email@example.comLEOMINSTER -- Next week, local middle- and high-school students will have a chance to explore the final frontier from their own community.Go For Launch, an educational and experimental space camp run by nonprofit Higher Orbits, is coming to the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster from Monday through Wednesday.The Go For Launch program will give students a chance to hear space-shuttle experiences from retired astronaut Dr. Don Thomas, and to design their own space experiments -- one of which might go into orbit.The camp's purpose, in part, is to encourage young people to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, said program director Michelle Lucas.
By Eric Stanway The Worcester Telegram July 22, 2016WORCESTER – Those of us old enough to remember the first moon landings and initial exploration of Mars will recall the heady exhilaration of those times. For a while there, it seemed like every kid on the block wanted to grow up to be an astronaut.The Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster is looking to ignite that spark again in a younger generation, as they initiate their first Massachusetts Go For Launch! program on August 15-17.“We’re really excited to bring Go For Launch! to the area for the first time,” Katie Hammes of the Boys and Girls Club said. “This is a great way for kids to learn about space, and figure out ways to address the challenges that astronauts face all the time.”
St. Edward’s University hosted its inaugural “Go-For-Launch!” event 11 – 13 July 2016. 30 students participated with 15 here as part of the summer program with Asia Pacific University and 15 from Austin-area high schools.Astronaut Mike Foreman met with students all three days, answering questions about life in space and the technical challenges associated with conducting experiments on the International Space Station (ISS).
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Many students had the unique opportunity to work with a former NASA astronaut in hopes to have their experiment sent to the International Space Station.Higher Orbits is a non-profit that brings the program Go For Launch! across the country. There are about a dozen of these events scheduled, with more in the works for 2016. During each event, the students work on a variety of collaborative activities, but the main focus is for every team to design an experiment they’d like to see tested in space.