Reach for the Stars ML XIX

Daily Briefings.

Daily Briefings is an attempt to clarify the experience of our students’ mission, and to provide insight to what is seen in the gallery.

Friday

Graduation

Milo from Team Phobos accepts the Right Stuff award from Astronaut Wendy B. Lawrence.

“I have learned to use the word ‘impossible’ with the greatest caution.” — Wernher von Braun.

Congratulations to Milo from the Phobos team. Milo was selected as the recipient of the "Right Stuff" award. Right Stuff is presented to trainees who have displayed the characteristics of the United States space explorers.

“We look for qualities such as leadership, sound decision making, and the seeking and sharing of knowledge. Right stuff award recipients are young adults who have demonstrated that they are preparing today to be the space explorers of tomorrow.”

Way to go Milo!

Thursday

Enterprise

Team Phobos trains in the Underwater Astronaut Trainer (UAT).

The Underwater Astronaut Trainer (UAT) is an evironment that is neutrally buoyant, simulating the experience of weightlessness in space. Team Phobos was tasked with building a structure in the water and deploying it undamaged.

Wednesday

Area 51

Area 51 provides relief from mission chaos and the mechanical din of simulators.

“There’s this great new thing at Space Camp [gift shop], if you want a new hat, go buy one!” — Laurel, reclaiming her [forgotten] hat from the head of a chaperone.

Area 51 is an experience designed to boost morale, strengthen teams, motivate and inspire. Staged in the woods, it provides a welcome break from technology.

Focus and cooperation are critical. Tasks often require several attempts. It becomes even more challenging when instructors introduce additional constraints.

Tuesday

Plane

Training on simulators begins in earnest.

Preparing for missions includes getting the feel for what it is like to train to be an astronaut.

Astronauts who train for each American crewed space flight have prepared for their flight using simulators: machines that re-create the feeling of being in space.

The following are simulators that campers train on at Space Camp.

Monday

Missions

Students participate in two simulated missions during the week.

“Now I can tell my mom that I have learned to make a bed.” — A camper, after her team changed rooms because of an air condontioning problem.

Space exploration involves missions. Training for them is all about preparing for an environment that requires absolute teamwork. There is a process or procedure for each stage of the mission. Everything is scripted and rehearsed.

This rigid context forms a baseline from which our young friends perform their assigned roles. Anything could (and often does) happen. In those moments, and in the post-mission debriefings, they realize exactly how vital training and team work can be.

Sunday

Plane

We’re here.
We’re safe.

“I have never seen a group of kids so excited to see Space Camp. This is why I love my job.” — Space Camp bus driver, observing our students cheering upon arrival at Space Camp.

Greetings from Huntsville, Alabama!

We have three teams, two camp and one academy. Tracking and photographing their experience will be a snap. In addition to the photos, we’ll provide more of a narrative of the activities here.