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I recommend the Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center to all science lovers!

Written By: David T. Lee - Jun• 13•15

Konnichiwa people,

On May 21st, I went on a field trip to the Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center on the campus of Framingham State University! I was so excited when my team stepped into the modern-looking building, stuffed with high-definition images of galaxies and a life-size Mars rover model. What made the trip even better was that my father was the chaperone! The day’s plan was set for an overwhelming success!

The Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center was established in honor of Christa McAuliffe, who was a teacher in Connecticut and a graduate of Framingham State University. NASA chose her to be the first teacher in space and she was set to go on the Challenger mission. Unfortunately, the Challenger exploded 73 seconds into flight, leading to the drowning of all crew members. More on Christa can be found on this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christa_McAuliffe

My group started with an entertaining video about the solar system in the roomy and comfortable planetarium. The dome-shaped screen appeared enormous to me. After the 30-minute film, our team was given a “pick your own adventure” space activity. We decided together on where in space to go, what fuel to use and what spacecraft to use. We chose a nuclear-powered lander for Saturn but the lander exploded in the extremely thick atmosphere. We failed the mission but we learned not to send a lander to any big gas giants.

We took a short lunch break and reentered the center to participate in another exciting activity: Mars mission simulation. I could barely contain my anticipation! Staffers dressed as astronauts introduced us to what we were going to do in the simulation. We put on space badges, space vests and entered a “briefing room” (where we learned our mission).

Our first mission was to land our spaceship safely on Mars. Wearing a headset, I was a Navigator. Navigators determine the position, angle, and landing location of the spacecraft. My partners and I communicated efficiently and completed our mission quickly and accurately.

Our second mission was to ensure a safe launch from Mars to Earth. I felt quite frustrated this time around as my partners on the other side of the headset were making jokes and were overall pretty unresponsive. However, we cleared the launch moments before the dust storm came by our area and the takeoff was a narrow success.

At the end of the program, we had another briefing to reflect on both missions.

Enjoy the photos:

Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center 2015

Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center 2015

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Zaijian (goodbye in Chinese)!

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  1. P Erickson says:

    I am happy to hear you enjoyed your visit David. I did not realize that Christa Corrigan Mc Auliffee graduated from Framingham State. I am however familiar with her story as I had the T.V. on and was watching the launching on that fateful day when the spaceship blew-up. Unbelieable to watch. Very sad day!

    • David T. Lee says:

      I agree, it was a very horrible day. The field trip was an astounding experience! I learned so much there.

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