A 9-day Study/excursion trip was organised by The City School in November 2019. The students visited Kennedy Space Center NASA for a 3-day workshop, where the students were trained as the next generation of space explorers in the Astronaut Training Experience. They Landed, walked and drove on Mars through virtual and motion simulation, and conducted a spacewalk in a microgravity experience.
Moreover, they experienced living and working on Mars for one day in Mars Base 1. They also worked together to solve base operations emergencies, programmed robots to optimize solar energy, and sustained life in the Mars Botany Lab.
Further, there were tour exhibits and attractions throughout the visitor complex where the students encountered everyday challenges of astronauts and engineers through hands-on activities and experiments.
Students got to hear real-life stories from Scott Parazynski, an American physician and a former NASA astronaut. A veteran of five Space Shuttle flights and seven spacewalks. Parazynski’s latest mission was STS-120 in October 2007 – highlighted by a dramatic, unplanned EVA to repair a live solar array. A group picture of all students and chaperons was taken with him.
The students went to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure where they spent a whole day and they were given access to unlimited rides. They also visited Florida mall, Disney Springs, and Icon Park where they got a birds-eye view of Orlando in a Ferris wheel and by a helicopter.