All posts tagged United Space School

Dynamos

The United Space School went out to a Houston Dynamos game. It was a lot of fun. Continue reading →

UTMB and Space Politics

Here are the USS students at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where we went for a field trip. We learnt a lot about biology, what is life, psychology, and other human-related topics concerned with going to Mars. Continue reading →

USS on NZ radio

Last week the lovely people from Community Radio Hamilton interviewed me about United Space School. Here is the MP3.

Houston: Day 8 (Random photos)

Elect Slaughter. Best name for a politician.

These are just some random pics I shot after the Mexican night.
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Houston: Day 8 (Mexican Night)

Last night at the United Space School’s traditional Mexican Night we had two special visitors, astronauts Chris Hadfield and Catherine Coleman.

The night was capped off with Chris and Catherine performing for us, Chris on guitar and Cathy on flute. They played ‘Ride On’ in dedication to Sally Ride — the first American woman in space and the youngest American to ever fly up — who passed away recently.


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Houston: Day 6 (GOLD TEAM)


From the left: Rhiannon Potter (Australia), Sally Bruce (New Zealand), Jan-Henrik Kossakowski (Germany), Laura Cobban (Scotland), me, Lana du Plessis (South Africa). Down the front Harmen Hoek (Netherlands), Sophie May (Germany) and Camilo Torres (Columbia).

BOOM! This is my team for United Space School 2012. We are mission Mission Control. We are in charge of the mission to Mars: the funding, the politics, the publicity, where the base is located. We are the organisers and the decision makers. What an awesome team it is. Continue reading →

Houston: Days 3, 4, 5 (First day of Space School!)

Everything started to get really busy on Saturday. We had our first bunch of students arrive in Houston. We picked up the first three students from George Bush Intercontinental.

Here are some of my cell phone photos from the past few days.

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Houston: Day 2

Meet Rob. He is the Executive Director of the United Space School. He is also an employee of a company called Nanoracks. Nanoracks basically sells space in space specialising in getting experiments up onto the International Space Station within the very narrow paramaters NASA and the ISS allow.

That thing he is holding is a satellite. I kid you not. A university in Vietnam designed this satellite which is going to be jettisoned from the ISS very shortly. Yes, that is measuring tape sticking out the sides. Yes, the real thing being launched into space has measuring tape for ariels!
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Goin’ back to Houston

I’m headed back to the United Space School this July to be a mentor for the youths from all over the world who converge on NASA’s Johnson Space Centre in Houston to learn about the wonders of space.
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