by 2nd Lt. Angelica Powell
27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
8/26/2013 - CANNON AFB, N.M. -- More
than 150 Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., youth and volunteers participated
in the New Mexico Space Academy hosted here by the New Mexico Museum of
Space History Aug. 11-12.
The event provided the dependents of servicemen and women the
opportunity to diversify their interests and discover a love for
"When the Company Grade Officers' Council hosted the spring sports
clinic, we noticed a desire from the community to not only provide
physical activities for Cannon kids, but also for education-centered
events," said Capt. Joshua Payne, CGOC vice president and lead organizer
for the space academy. "This was an opportunity for our children to
gain a love for the sciences through fun and exploration."
The program activities consisted of building and launching rockets,
alien autopsy, star lab, a zero gravity ride, and character building.
The children were separated by age into three teams, to participate at
each station with the appropriate level of difficulty.
Toward the end of the space academy, the children were supplied T-shirts
and fabric markers to fashion a memento of their own making.
Although this event was hosted by the CGOC, representatives from The
Cannon Community Chapel, Cannon Spouses Club, Sierra Nevada Corporation,
Army & Air Force Exchange Service, and parents gave of their time
and effort to make the two-day event a special experience for all