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 →

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 →

So You Want to Save the Planet

On Monday, your social media was probably filled with beautiful photos of our home planet. If you missed it, April 22 was Earth Day! NASA’s Kepler telescope has discovered over 4,000 exoplanets and many other exoplanet candidates, but as far as we know, Earth is the only planet where we can live, so it’s important... Continue Reading →

Astronaut Spotlight: Charlie Duke

Astronaut Charlie Duke Charlie Duke was born on October 3rd, 1935 in Charlotte North Carolina. Growing up, he was active in the Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout. He went on to attend and graduate the U.S. Naval Academy earning degrees in naval science, aeronautics, and astronautics. He cross-commissioned into the United States... Continue Reading →

Having a PoSSUM Time!

In late March I had the opportunity to participate in Advanced PoSSUM Academy at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. This academy is run through Project PoSSUM, an organization that focuses on studying a special type of cloud called noctilucent clouds (NLCs), which give clues about climate change. The best way to study these clouds... 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 →

Interviewing Tory Bruno

About a month ago, I had the privilege of listening to a lecture by Tory Bruno, the CEO of United Launch Alliance (ULA).  After his lecture I met him briefly and got an email address for a written interview. That night I stayed up late coming up with questions for him, and here are the... 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 →

Space Camp!

As young people, we are taught to shoot for the stars. Some people take this as life advice, others take it literally. And on one's journey to the stars, training must commence. Many children and adults alike head to Huntsville, Alabama for the ultimate week at Space Camp! The U.S. Space and Rocket Center actually... Continue Reading →

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