For Immediate Release

TAKING UP SPACE, A PROGRAM FOR PASCUA YAQUI GIRLS, TAKES OFF WITH A VISIT FROM FORMER ASTRONAUT ROBERT “HOOT” GIBSON

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For Immediate Release
December 2, 2016

Robert Lee “Hoot” Gibson (Capt, USN, Ret.), a former American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, and retired NASA astronaut, will make a special appearance on December 6th at the Pascua Yaqui Community Clubhouse to help launch a program specifically designed to expand opportunities for Native American girls to immerse themselves in the horizon-broadening Space Camp experience. A project of the science-based non-profit organization “Time in Cosmology,” honored to be collaborating with the Pascua Yaqui Computer Clubhouse, the mission is to send middle school-aged Pascua Yaqui girls to Space Camp. There, they will be exposed to the leadership and team-building exercises the Camp offers. Additionally, the exploration of STEM and related academic content enhances future possibilities for educational and career goals. The first group of Pascua Yaqui girls will be attending Space Camp in June 2017.

Space Camp® was founded in Huntsville, Alabama in 1982 as the U.S. Space & Rocket Center® museum’s education program to promote the study of math, science, and technology. Trainees experience astronaut simulators, take command of a mission to the International Space Station and develop leadership and teamwork skills.  Gibson was selected as a NASA astronaut in 1978 and is a veteran of five shuttle missions: 1984 STS-41B Challenger, 1986 STS-61C Columbia, 1988 STS-27 Atlantis, 1992 STS-47 Endeavour, and 1995 STS-71 Atlantis. He was selected for extraordinary missions, serving as Mission Pilot on his first mission and Commander on the other four. Gibson has spent a total of 36.5 days in space. While in Tucson, Capt. Gibson will be taken on a tour of both the Pima Air and Space Museum and World View Enterprises.

WHO:               Robert “Hoot” Gibson
WHAT:              Free Talk
WHEN:             December 6, 2016, 4:00 PM
WHERE:           Multipurpose Room, 5100 W Calle Tetakusim, Tucson, AZ 85757
SPONSORS:    Time in Cosmology, Pascua Yaqui Computer Clubhouse

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