Training camp for future astronauts

The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center announced dates for its 2001 Future Astronaut Training program.

The five-day program for students entering grades 7-10 is based on actual astronaut training.

The highlight of each session is the successful completion of a space shuttle mission in the Cosmosphere’s motion-based space shuttle simulator.

Training exercises prior to the final mission challenge students in a centrifuge that pulls up to five Gs, the three-axis trainer, Mission Control, the Advanced Flight Simulator, the 1/6 gravity chair and a number of computer exercises designed to test stress and endurance.

During the week, participants also have the opportunity to see IMAX? Dome Theater films, build and launch rockets, view planetarium shows and tour the Cosmosphere’s internationally recognized Hall of Space Museum.

The Future Astronaut Training program’s 14 sessions run from May 27 to July 29.

For more information about the Future Astronaut Training program and for applications, contact Jody Gilley, registrar, at (316) 662-2305, ext. 304, or (800) 397-0330, ext. 304, or

Information and applications for camp are also available online at

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