Astronaut Training Experience at Kennedy Space Centre, NASA
“We know that travel is essential to a complete education. Traveling abroad teaches understanding of other people, cultures and communities, and these types of experiences offer young people a greater ability to be successful in today's global society.”
The students of G.D. Goenka Public School Sector 9, Rohini went on an educational trip to USA from 13 June to 23 June 2016. They gained firsthand experience of what astronauts go through to become a member of NASA’s elite astronaut corps by attending ATX, the Astronaut Training Experience at Kennedy Space Centre NASA. Their adventure began with a mission briefing and question-and-answer session with a veteran NASA astronaut Ms. Vendy Lawrence– one of the few men and women who have explored beyond our Earth. This was followed by testing of their strength and stamina to be successful on simulators like the Micro-Gravity Wall, Multi-Axis Trainer and 1/6th Gravity Chair. They also got the opportunity to perform a simulated space shuttle mission in which they worked individually and as a team. They were awarded certificates on successful completion of their training during a graduation “ceremony,” where they were acknowledged for their hard work and briefed about the future of the U.S. Space Program. The U.S. did not end at this. The students had a gala time visiting Niagara Falls, the Statue of Liberty, experiencing Times Square New York, being mesmerized by Electra parade at the Magic Kingdom and visiting the Universal Studio.
The trip to United States of America and specially NASA was very enriching for the students. They returned more evolved and mature….eager to share their experiences with all. The principal Ms. Kaul hoped that “they would avail many more such opportunities in future in order to help them become truly global citizens”