A group of St. Stephen's students spent Wednesday, Feb. 6, immersed in the study of aeronautics and robotics at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Based in Houston, the Johnson Space Center has been a focal point of human spaceflight activity for more than half a century.
Students kicked off their visit by viewing the Saturn V rocket and learned about the technology used to take Americans to the moon. Next, they had the opportunity to watch astronauts train in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab, a 220-foot swimming pool with full-sized modules of the International Space Station (ISS) submerged designed to simulate zero gravity. They also visited the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility, a building filled with ISS modules, as well as the Orion, SpaceX and Boeing capsules. After visiting the NASA makerspace and robotics lab, students concluded their trip with a visit to ISS Mission Control. While there, students met with the ground controller, learned about mission control operations, and observed communication, tracking and testing of the ISS.
The NASA outing was organized by St. Stephen’s Ed Tech Coordinator Nicole Wortham and science teacher Troy Lanier. To learn more about the school’s own engineering, coding, makerspace and robotics offerings, check out the science department
section of our website.