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Virtual Field Trips Take Students Inside NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

13 Oct 2019, 16:15 UTC
Virtual Field Trips Take Students Inside NASA’s Commercial Crew Program
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By Danielle SempsrottNASA’s Kennedy Space Center

As NASA begins a new era of space exploration – returning to the Moon and eventually on to Mars – education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects is increasingly important to the future of our nation’s space program.

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) plays an integral role in the agency’s deep space exploration goals as it works with commercial partners to launch astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil on American-built rockets and spacecraft.

In an effort to inspire the next generation of explorers, NASA’s NextGen STEM CCP project is introducing immersive technology into classrooms to share the story of groundbreaking innovation coming from this government-industry partnership.

One such technology uses virtual field trips to take students along on a journey into the heart of CCP—visiting the NASA centers where the program first began, and the Boeing and SpaceX facilities where next-generation, human-rated spacecraft and rockets are being developed and tested for flight.

“The goal was to use technology to take students and educators to places they probably will never get to see first-hand. We want to excite and inspire with something experiential,” said Joshua Santora, a NASA ...

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