Imagine the First Pasqua Yaqui Astronauts!

The PY Clubhouse Goes to Space Camp

A unique program is taking up space at the Pascua Yaqui Clubhouse!  We are so pleased to announce our Space Camp Scholarship winners: Yanissa, Sole, Serena and Saydee!  These four girls have been working very hard at the Clubhouse and we are honored to have them attend Space Camp, May 28 – June 2, 2017.  Congratulations to the Taking Up Space Girls!

Taking Up Space (TUS) plans to send four Pascua Yaqui girls to United States Space Camp.  Space Camp Academy graduates such as Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Samantha Cristoforetti, Serena Aunon, Christina Hammock, and Dr. Kate Rubins have become astronauts partly due to this life changing experience!

The Clubhouse and TUS have prepared the Pascua Yaqui youth by collaborating with four local groups: the Pima Air & Space Museum, Girls Can! Crate, the Physics Factory Bus, and the Southern Arizona Regional Science & Engineering Fair (SARSEF).

Soledad and Yanissa at SARSEF
Yanissa, Serena, Saydee, and Sole making antibodies at SARSEF

A special thank you to five-time shuttle astronaut Cpt. Robert “Hoot” Gibson who is lending his support to launch the program.

Dinner at the PY Steakhouse with Robert “Hoot” Gibson and Tom White

Cpt. Gibson visited the Community Center last fall, where TUS hosted a welcoming dinner at the PY Steakhouse with Chef de Cuisine Ryan Clark, Space Camp’s Tom White, Simon Kregar, Amanda Valenzuela, Gavindo, and TUS board members.  He hopes to visit the TUS girls before they launch to Space Camp in June.  We will keep you posted on this exciting event.

Taking Up Space with Serena, Sole, and Saydee

If readers wish to get involved in supporting this great program, donation may be made here:, or contact Czarina Salido at

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