The first day of our NASA challenge was a success. It started out a little rough because we had a soccer game and dance club occurring at the same time. It was utter chaos at first, but once the kids began the activity, then the mission began to take shape. Mr.Corey and I emphasized the importance of teamwork in the mission. We also discussed the roles that astronauts take on in space and referring to the similar roles of the crew assembly assignment. The kids were frustrated whenever they had to use the gloves to assemble the puzzle together. We let them give themselves team names. Some of those team names were Moonwalkers, Astronauts, Astronaut Gloves, Martians, and Aliens. Once they were making progress with their puzzles, they saw the benefits of patience and teamwork. I asked several of the kids their opinion about the activity, and the general response was that they had a lot of fun.
STS-131 launched this morning, headed to the International Space Station. Check out http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html for live updates via NASA TV! Some cool facts: - This is the 131st space shuttle launch and the 162nd American manned space flight. - This mission marks the first time four women have been in space together: astronaut Tracy Caldwell-Dyson is currently living aboard the space station, and astronauts Stephanie Wilson, Dottie Metcalf-Lindenberger (a teacher!), and Naoko Yamazaki will join her there on-orbit. - Astronauts from Japan, the United States, and Russia will all be working together while Discovery is in orbit. - Three spacewalks are planned for this mission to finish building and supplying the space station.
Well, HAPPY April 1st, 2010. I got to see the pictures from the March beta test in College Station where they looked like they were really having FUN, WELL DONE and Thank you! I also got to wander around the new Mission X Website known as trainlikeanastronaut.org. I think the Mission X team needs a new camera or an eye exam and I think I will need more lessons on how to use a website and blog - BUT....THIS IS GREAT!. Chuck
The Mission X crew just got back from training Challenge team leaders for the beta test that starts next week in Texas. It was awesome to see the enthusiasm these team leaders had for their students, for space exploration, and for improving personal fitness together. We had future psychologists, doctors, poets, poultry scientists, and more... and ALL of them are great examples to the Fit Kids and the community to get everyone excited about exploration. STS-131 is expected to launch Monday morning, April 5, at 5:21 am Texas time. This mission is a great example of what the Challenge is all about: this mission has men and women, rookies and veterans, crew members from different countries. They will carry food and science supplies up to the International Space Station, a freezer called MELFI that keeps things at -80 degrees (brrr!), a laser camera that will help the shuttle and the station dock to each other, and much more equipment. They plan to do three spacewalks.