BANGOR – A team of astronauts from Maine blasted off into space Friday.
The students came from all over the state and beyond to take part in a special summer camp program at the Challenger Learning Center in Bangor.
A week they wont forget.
They’ve spent the week learning what it takes to be astronaut. Conducting experiments, visiting real scientists at UMaine and training to launch a successful space mission. Friday they put that knowledge to the test with a realistic space mission. Complete with a pre-flight press conference with Craig Colson.
Challenger Center Coordinator Jen Therrien said “There’s no real way to prepare yourself to leave your families, but you just try to spend as much time with them before you leave.”
Cayden Philbrook, an astronaut from Brewer stated “It’s one of our favorite camps. It’s a whole week dedicated to what it’s like to train and work and play and eat like an astronaut.”
“They plan a space meal. They east MRE’s. We took them for tours at UMaine and to some of the labs where they do NASA research and a variety of different sciences that would be beneficial on the space station.” added Therrien.
And it was all to prepare for this. A mission to space. A time to put what they’ve learned into action.
it was another successful mission to a space station where the young astronauts performed a number of duties and experiments. It’s clear they soaked up a lot of knowledge this week and who knows, it may inspire some of these people to become the next generation of astronauts.