We spent most of our Saturday at the Aerospacefest 2012 where Chase was awarded The Alex Higgins Memorial Space Camp Scholarship Honorable Mention from NH Astronaut and Space Shuttle Commander Rick Searfross.
As keynote speaker, Searfross spoke of his 3 missions into space and his work in the private space industry. In the future, Chase hopes to study and work in aeronautics.
It was exciting to meet Searfross and hear of his tremendous life and contributions he has made in space.
Unfortunately, because Chase is an honorable mention he is not headed to the NASA Space Camp this summer and was quite disappointed. He will try again next year. He has always been fascinated with space and we have combined many homeschool events with his love of space.
Chase went to the NASA Glenn research center in Cleveland, Ohio two years ago and toured the facility and learned about the space station.
We spoke with some representatives that explained first hand what space was like. We had a personalized tour and tested many of the pieces of equipment that had been used in space.
In 2007, he went to the Flagstaff, AZ to the Lowell Observatory with his grandparents.
He has toured the Smithsonian Air and Space museum on several occasions.
As an Eagle Scout, space and astronomy have been some of his favorite topics to study for merit badges.
He wants to be a pilot, to fly and run machines in the sky and to experience gravity.
His goal is to attend the US Air Force Academy.
Maybe next year, he will experience Space Camp!