Go For Launch!
This event is being moved to 2021 per the request of our host venue due to the state regulations due to COVID-19. We will announce dates as soon as we have them. (The dates listed here currently are just there as placeholders to keep the event showing up on the site.)
Open to students in grades 9-12 from any school or homeschool. Students must attend both days of the event.
Team may be subject to change due to schedules.
Astronaut Wendy Lawrence (Retired)
Captain Wendy Lawrence is a retired naval aviator and NASA astronaut. As a helicopter pilot, she made several shipboard deployments to the North Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Kenya. After earning a master’s degree in ocean engineering from MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Lawrence was selected as an astronaut in 1992 and worked at NASA for 14 years. A veteran of four shuttle missions (STS-67, 86, 91 and 114), she has logged over 50 days in space.
Michelle Lucas spent 10+ years working at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. First as part of the International Space Station (ISS) Payload Safety Review Panel (PSRP) and then in the Mission Operations Directorate as a Flight Controller in ISS Mission Control and as a Astronaut Instructor in the ISS Daily Operations Group. Additionally she worked with each of the International Partners (European Space Agency – ESA, Japanese Space Agency – JAXA and the Russian Space Agency) in the field of Daily Operations, Flight Controller and Instructor Training. Michelle was part of the Core NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) team for 9 missions where astronauts would carry out analog space missions underwater in the Aquarius habitat. Along the way, Michelle found she has a passion for launching the next generation’s dreams and ambitions. Her passion for inspiring students led to extensive work with other organizations in STEM outreach so she founded the non-profit Higher Orbits to use space to excite and inspire students about STEM, Leadership, Teamwork and Communication. Michelle is proud to be a Space Camp Alum, AIAA Associate Fellow, and member of the Space Camp Hall of Fame. She believes that collaboration in space and STEM is the key to the stars! Space Inspires!
Dr. Tess Caswell
Dr. Tess Caswell is a Capsule Controller for Blue Origin by day and a planetary geologist by night. As a crewmember on NASA’s HERA XI analog mission, she spent 30 days inside a simulated space station with a crew of three others, living the astronaut life and helping scientists learn about the challenges of living and working in space.
Other Team Members To Be Announced!