By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Three, two, one…Blast Off! The students of Mrs. Leigh Ann Browning’s seventh grade class got to experience first-hand the excitement of everything space related on their trip to the Kennedy Space Center. This overnight adventure gave them the opportunity to experience things that most people will never be able to.
The group of teens did not get to see the final launch of the Endeavor Space Shuttle, however they were there the day after the launch was made. They got to go to the Astronaut Hall of Fame and see some of the most famous people in aeronautic history. While there the students also got to right space simulators. The group spent their evening sleeping under the Saturn V rocket; it is the largest rocket ever built.
While at the Kennedy Space Center, the students were able to go on scavenger hunts and to tour the Rocket Garden. The students also got to ride on the Shuttle Launch Experience, which, as one might guess, simulates a real life space shuttle launch. The group also got to see an IMAX 3D movie about the Hubble Telescope.
The group also got a chance to listen to and speak with Jack Lousma. Lousma was one of 19 astronauts selected by NASA in 1966. He was a pilot on Skylab III in 1973 where he logged over 1,619 hours in space. He also spent 11 hours on two spacewalks outside of the Skylab III. Lousma was also the spacecraft commander of the third flight of the space shuttle Columbia.