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Friday June 17, 2011

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Space Camp Day 3

     Day 3 started with the 1st day of no early wake-up call from roommates, just from a storm, before loading the bus for another big breakfast of potatoes, eggs, bacon, and french toast sticks.  Then we loaded the bus again and headed to Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology.  It was a really awesome place and an interesting concept.  They have researchers working across the hall from for-profit businesses to increase the communication and decrease the lab table to product time from roughly 20 yrs to 6-8 years.  They also have placed a high importance in education.  At Hudson Alpha we received more great resources including new cell video apps and activities.  They also walked us through extracting the DNA from fruits.  I have 3 samples in little containers to bring back for my students, could make security interesting, all in the name of science education :-)

     That was the morning so it was time for lunch of Brats and Grilled Pork Chops.  Delicious once again!  Next we went into a session on Expedition Living on the orbiter and International Space Station.  This covered the day to day living conditions and routines the astronauts go through, and yes we discussed pretty much everything from the space barf bag to Mr. Thirsty and the target. Great after lunch conversations!

     Next Ed Buckbee gave a wonderful presentation on the History of Early Space Flight and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.  He started with NASA when they chose the first Mercury astronauts, has worked as NASA public affairs officer, helped get the U.S. Space and Rocket Center going, helped establish the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, and also helped develop Space Camp.  His experiences, knowledge, passion, and stories were outstanding!  He also touched on the future of NASA and the opportunities for our future generations.  He is the author of the book "The Real Space Cowboys" and signed and gave a copy of his book to each of us!

     In the afternoon we worked on integrating math and using graphing technologies by creating Lunar Vehicles that would carry a payload as far as possible.  We collected all of the data and then created a graph to look at the comparisons and trends.  From there it was time for the Astronaut Simulations.

     This was an incredible experience!  We were able to use the

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