Friday, January 4, 2008

I'm Back From Outer Space

I got a phone call yesterday from my friend and former Elementary School secretary, Michelle. She left a message saying that they had received a package at the school, addressed to me and that they wanted to know if it was a mistake or if they should open it, etc (I haven't taught school in four years!). I called her back, curious what it was, but then remembered when she said, "It's in a big triangular poster box."

Several years ago, I connected with an employee at the Clarke Planetarium, who let me know about a program in connection with NASA that sends your class a vinyl poster to sign, and that poster gets packed on board a space shuttle to be launched into space! So, our 6th grade class signed up, received the poster, talked about it as a class, did some creative writing (If you were an astronaut, and were only allowed one possession to bring with you, what would it be and why?), signed our signatures with sharpie markers and mailed it back. I honestly had forgotten all about it until I received Michelle's call!

Here are the details of our poster:
  • It boarded the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Mission STS 117
  • It launched on June 8th and landed on June 22nd.
  • It traveled 5.8 million miles, up to speeds of 17,500mph and orbited the earth ___ times (i forgot the number)
  • It traveled to the space station.
  • The launch was the 25th orbital human space flight.
Those students are long-gone and in High School. I wondered if they would even remember (or care) that their poster had been to outer space. I didn't care at first, but I think it's pretty cool, so I'm going to pick it up sometime next week. Haha. I don't know what I'm going to do with it, but the school felt the same way. Anyway, pretty out-there, huh?

Speaking of outer space, I feel like my health has returned from a long journey to a galaxy far, far, away. It feels as though I've been sick for weeks and it makes me so grateful for being healthy. I slept well last night, woke up early, and made it to aerobics for the first time in weeks! I'm showered and ready to go for the day. Look out, world!


Shelese said...

that is the coolest thing ever! You should write up and article for the High School newspaper telling them all the details! Seriously, I would love to hear that it actually went up in space if I were in your class!!

Amy said...

I hadn't thought of that, Shelese. I wonder if they have a HS newspaper. I'll look into that. By the way, I love your "S" sign. That's really cool. How do you get a logo to go with your comments, anyone know?

Sarah said...

I sometimes wonder what is being mailed to school in my name and just being passed onto the next teacher who filled my spot... in your case this couldn't just be passed on. How fun!

Dianna said...

Hi Amy! I just found your blog, thanks to Josh's email. I am excited to get to know you better through your writing. The poster story is great and I bet your not so long-ago class would be amazed to hear their mission to space has been accomplished. I love it when I forget about great things and then feel the remarkable joy of having surprised myself.

On_The_Go Family said...

What a cool thing! Even cooler is that you're feeling better again. That's so vital as a mom! Glad to hear it, friend.

Shelese said...

thanks for liking my "s"... to get a profile photo of your own you go in to edit your profile and then paste a link under "photo url".... I think... let me know if that doesn't work/make sense and I'll look for more details.