NASA’s Summer of Innovation is partnered with the Texas 4 – H Youth Development Program and the Texas A&M University Department of Geology and Geophysics to bring Texas student essay winners to Johnson Space Center on Wednesday, October 8, for 4 -H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) 2014.
Thirty Texas students, including Jake Hamm of Poteet, were selected as winners from the Texas 4 – H essay contest to visit Johnson. Students answered questions about aerospace exploration, rocketry and NASA’s new deep space exploration spacecraft, Orion, which is set to make its first test flight in December.
The 4.5 – hour uncrewed flight will take Orion 3,600 miles above Earth – farther than any spacecraft built for humans has been in more than 40 years.
During the visit, the students and 4 – H representatives had the opportunity to meet with NASA scientists and engineers, take guided tours of the center, as well as build their own “Rockets to the Rescue” rocket with NASA Education Specialists, then launch them with the NASA Houston Rocket Club.