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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fly Me To the Moon

Bernard Harris

Today NASA is scheduled to launch the final voyage of the space shuttle Discovery. Lift-off is to take place at 4:50 p.m. Discovery is NASA’s most traveled shuttle and has been around for 30 years. My little brother, who dreams of being a zillion things including an astronaut, is so excited that a space-related event is in the news.

Now, for all you who have young people in your life who dream of being astronauts and other kinds of scientists check out the Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp for middle school students and it’s FREE. Bernard Harris is a retired NASA astronaut who now commits his time and resources to inspire young people to get excited about science and careers in science. Below is info from the Camp' website and its link. Applications for this summer will be available by March 1, 2011

The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC) is a two-week residential camp hosted at colleges and universities across the nation. For the summer of 2011, The Harris Foundation (THF), in partnership with the ExxonMobil Foundation, will sponsor a total of 30 residential camps held during the months of June-August and provided free of charge to participants. Each camp will provide 48-54 promising middle school grade level students the opportunity to enhance their proficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

**My grandfather said I had to add a link to Sarah Vaughan singing Fly Me to the Moon:

Photo of Crew-collectSPACE/Robert Z. Pearlman
Space shuttle Discovery's STS-133 crew arrives at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Feb. 20, 2011. From left: Nicole Stott, Michael Barratt, Steve Bowen, Al Drew, Eric Boe and Steven Lindsey

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