Lunar Loonies launch to NASA

In April we began an amazing journey to recreate the Apollo 11 moon landing. If you’ve been following along, you know we won the ANGLeS challenge in July and with it a trip to Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

We left on Saturday November 2nd and it was the trip of a lifetime. Our adventures at NASA took us behind the scenes to learn about the agricultural experiments happening in parallel with the ISS and those in preparation for long distance (Mars) space travel. We also learned about the mass spectrometer (MSolo) being redesigned for molecular tests on the moon.

We met an astronaut, walked in the footsteps of heroes, met several amazing women who are leaders in their fields, got up close with gigantic rocket moving and building equipment, walked around a launch pad, and stood in launch control room one.

Thank you to everyone that helped make this extraordinary trip possible. Thank you to our team sponsors, Whitefish Soroptimist, Glacier Clothing Company, Park Side Credit Union, Cosner Comtech, The Polka Dot Cow and GSMW Robotics. Thank you to Montana Learning Center in Helena and their many donors. Thank you Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming. Thank you to our family and friends. Thank you to everyone in the community that helped get us to Florida, whether you bought Girl Scout cookies, nuts or candy from the girls, attended our fundraiser with The Polka Dot Cow, mailed in a personal check, or even shared our story or fundraiser with the community. We are so thankful to everyone! Next we continue our preparation for the Montana State First Lego League tournament in January, and the NASA competition ROADs on Mars in April.

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