NASTAR Education Director Chosen As Space Flight Candidate Nominee By Citizens in Space
Southampton, PA USA – July 25, 2013 – The NASTAR Center (www.nastarcenter.com) announced that its Director of Educational Programming, Gregory P. Kennedy, was selected by Citizens in Space (www.citizensinspace.com) as the 5th astronaut candidate selectee to be considered to fill one of ten spots for a future space flight sponsored by the group.
The announcement, made public on Saturday July 20, 2013, during the group’s 2nd Annual Space Hacker Workshop in Dallas, TX, announced the selection of Mr. Kennedy as the fifth candidate training to fly as a payload operator on the Lynx spacecraft, under construction by XCOR Aerospace in Mojave, CA.
Stated Edward Wright, Project Manager for Citizens in Space, “Our goal is to enable ordinary people to fly into space as citizen astronauts (citizen space explorers) and to fly their experiments into space. Greg embodies the profile of a space candidate.”
Mr. Kennedy’s outreach efforts at the NASTAR Center focus on promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. With over 35 years’ educational experience including; serving as the former Associate Curator for Manned Space Flight at the National Air and Space Museum, where he was curator for the Smithsonian’s exhibits on aerospace medicine, Project Apollo, and rocketry, he was also Executive Director of the Space Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico and served on the Education Committee of the International Astronautical Federation and chaired the Education Committee of the National Association of Rocketry. Mr. Kennedy’s publications include;Touching Space: The Story of Project Manhigh, Apollo to the Moon, The First Men in Space; Rockets and Missiles of White Sands Proving Ground, and Vengeance Weapon Two: Germany’s V-2 Rocket, as well as others.
States Mr. Kennedy, “I am honored to be considered for one of the ten slots. Suffice to say, this would be realization of a lifetime dream and I look forward to the prospect of its fruition”.
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