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Jasper Byrd

Posted: September 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Jasper Byrd of Valencia, child of Brett and LeiAn Byrd, graduated from Space 301 of Kansas Adventures in Outer Space on  July 14, at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.  Jasper will be entering ninth grade at Albert Einstein Academy this fall.

Space 301 is a week-long astronaut camp that emphasizes teamwork, leadership, and problem solving while exposing campers to NASA and career opportunities in aerospace.

Developed by Cosmosphere staff, this is a nationally-recognized camp program that motivates campers to seek careers in science or aerospace-related industries. Space 301 builds on knowledge gained from Space 101 and Space 201.

Space 301 campers spend two days at the Cosmosphere refining skills and knowledge gained from previous summers before traveling to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Johnson Space Center is home to NASA’s astronaut training facilities. Campers tour the former and current Mission Control Centers including the site of Apollo 11 and 13 mission control operations. Participants visit Building 9, which houses NASA’s International Space Station mock-ups and tour the Neutral Buoyancy Lab’s 6.2-million-gallon pool, where astronauts train for work in microgravity. Campers visit United Space Alliance who is the primary contractor for spaceflight operations. The Houston facility is responsible for processing items for spaceflight including spacesuits and astronaut clothing.

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