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.
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!