STEM Conferences: Inspiring the Next Generation

In ninth grade, I received an email out of the blue from the media director of Summit Elementary, a local school. She was organizing a day-long STEM conference for third to sixth grade students and invited me to be a keynote speaker. I had to read the email several times to believe what it said—she... Continue Reading →

Countdown to the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Gala

We are officially less than a month away from the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11. You might remember it… the one that put Americans on the Moon. It was on July 16, 1969 at the time of 9:32:00 that the massive Saturn V rocket launched from Cape Canaveral with Neil Armstrong, Mike... Continue Reading →

We’re on NPR!

I got home from school today and my phone beeped with a text. One of my friends asked in all caps, WERE YOU JUST ON NPR? A little confused, I asked when she’d heard the radio episode and how she knew. Apparently, one of her teachers had told her it was on, and she caught... Continue Reading →

The Places We’ll Go

It’s May 1st, aka National College Decision Day! Our nine Back to Space seniors are so excited for our futures at eight different schools across the country. We’re studying a range of topics, from aerospace engineering to electrical engineering to astrophysics to aviation. Here are our schools and our stories! Krystal Horton My name is... Continue Reading →

Look to the Stars

“It’s such a beautiful thing to see!” I told myself after each breathtaking view of the starry night through the telescopes at 3 Rivers Foundation. I’m pretty sure that’s what all of the other ambassadors there also thought. March 29th will probably be one of the most significant moments of my life due to all... Continue Reading →

3, 2, 1… Blast Off!

I have built many rockets in my lifetime. From bottle rockets to big models to ones with eggstronauts. Though, of all the experiences I’ve had building rockets, the one at 3RF was the best. The student ambassadors arrived at 3RF and the Dallas Area Rocketry Society has many of their models on display. My jaw... Continue Reading →

Astronaut Interviews: Fred Haise

“Houston, we have a problem.” Most people recognize this phrase, although possibly without realizing its origin. It came about during Apollo 13, when an oxygen tank exploded en route to the moon, leaving the spacecraft crippled and sending NASA into a flurry of activity to get the three crew members back to Earth safely. One... Continue Reading →

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