April 5

Today was a big day for the Astronauts:  after an early dismissal from school, they went on a field trip to the Discovery Museum, where they participated in a full mission simulation.  Each Astronaut had a chance to serve as a specialist, both on board a shuttle mission and as part of mission control, at the Museum’s high-tech Challenger Learning Center.  It’s one of the highlights of Mission year and the program overall.  After successfully returning from space, the Astronauts had a quick pizza dinner and then went straight to a second field trip:  going to see the new feature-length documentary Apollo 11 in the theater.  A big thank you to the parents who drove and chaperoned, and a big shout-out to Garden Cinemas, who changed the movie time to accommodate

April 14-16

The Astronauts continued their streak of incredible field trips with a 3-day trip to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida!  Our Astronauts and their families (68 people all together!) enjoyed a beach day before spending two days at KSC.  Where, among tons of other amazing things, our Astronauts had a behind-the-scenes tour of KSC and a chance to meet with Don Thomas, a 4-time shuttle Astronaut!  This is the first time in over a decade that YA has been able to visit KSC, and it’s the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work and fundraising.  THANK YOU to the many, many people who made it happen! 


April 25

The Astronauts have now received their assignments for the grand finale of their Mission year – the 24-hour In Vistigiis Apollo Mission, which honors the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and 12, the first manned moon landings.  From here on out, the YA sessions will be devoted to training and studying for their Mission, which will take place on May 16th and 17th.