Category Archives: Mission DIscovery

Astronauts and Teamwork and Biomed… Oh My!

Don’t ask why but yet again I end up with the “Wizard of Oz” sayings (of sort in my head)… (If you’re not getting what I mean think “Lions and Tigers and Bears.. Oh my!”)

I was so busy during the King’s College Mission Discovery that I didn’t have time to blog at all! Sorry about that.

Once again we had an absolutely amazing event at King’s College that included astronaut Ken Ham (live and in person!), NASA Space Scientist Dr. Liz Warren via Skype, King’s College Professors & lecturers on a variety of topics about Biomed & Space, Chris Barber the DIrector of ISSET and myself. Needless to say it was a very full week of sooooooo much information and inspiration!

Everyone at King’s had an amazing time and we were delighted to meet so many bright minds! In fact the Mission Discovery this year went so well at King’s that they have reserved dates for a 2014 King’s Mission Discovery already!!!


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July 2014!

The title of this blog may be incredibly simple but I thought it says it all (for me at least)… I am excited to announce that as of now July of 2014 is going to be the biggest month (at least so far) for Mission Discovery EVER!


I am very excited to announce that the month of July 2014 is completely full of scheduled Mission Discovery events!!! WOW!

Officially scheduled so far are the following Mission Discovery Events:

  • Kings College Mission Discovery (London, England) 7-11 July 2014
  • Mission Discovery Renfrewshire (Scotland)  14-18 July 2014
  • Mission Discovery Valparaiso University (in Indiana an hour from Chicago)  21-25 July 2014
  • Mission Discovery St John’s College (Annapolis, Maryland) 28 July – 1 August 2014

Additionally we are working on a few others but as you can see dates are filling up fast on our schedule!

I know the information for these events is not out at  yet but I can promise you it’s coming so keep checking back!

And don’t worry – if your area is interested in hosting a Mission Discovery we can still work with you to find a date that it will fit in.

More details via the website, this blog and social media regarding specifics of the camps (as we have the materials to promote them finished) as well a

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A Great Week for Mission Discovery Planning

This past week was a crazy busy one (especially for being home and not on travel working) even by my standards! But it was a great week! I am excited to say that we have a lot of amazing things in work that I am very very excited about.

We are working hard to expand Mission Discovery to many more places so more people have the opportunity to get to attend the program and experience this incredibly unique event. It is official that we will have a Mission Discovery at Valparaiso University July 21-25, 2014. Yes I know that seems a ways away but it’s great because it gives us plenty of time to plan! We are working on the promotional materials for it right now and I will share those with all of you as soon as they are done.

I’m also excited about some more possibilities that I have been working on very actively but I can’t give you any details yet because they have not been confirmed and are still in the “working to make it a definite planned event” stage. What I can tell you is that I am working on potentially 2 different Mission Discovery programs on the East Coast of the US – one of these will be slightly different than the usual 5 day program… But again you will have to wait a bit longer before I can give you more information on those.

I’m also excited about a couple additional prospects for summer of 2013 in the UK. No details yet but some definite real possibilities…

Am I driving you crazy with giving you teasers of information but no solid information? If so I’m sorry about that but I do promise that I will give you all information about all of these things as soon as I can!

Now back to an evening of relaxing for me because hopefully this week will have lots more Mission Discovery planning work in store for me!

Hope you’ve all had a good weekend!

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Glasgow was Out of This World!

I just returned to my home in the US from an incredible trip to Glasgow. Why Glasgow you might ask? Well that’s a great question and I am glad you did ask 🙂  While on the Astronaut Leadership Experience in the Gobi Desert recently I was lucky enough to become friends with 2 gals on the trip from Glasgow. I won’t go into the lengthy details but the bottom line is we got along famously and as a result while I was “over the pond” I swung through Glasgow for an amazing evening talking about space and how Glasgow can get involved in Mission Discovery, Astronaut Leadership Experiences & Message to the Moon!

29 Studios put on an amazing event where I was fortunate enough to meet many wonderful people who I suspect are going to help me make this happen in Glasgow! Don’t you want to be part of it too?!?!?!?
Check out the 29 Studios page about the event  (Sorry for some reason Word Press is giving me issues with actually linking this. Grrrrr!!)

The event at 29 Studios picked up so much attention I was asked to be on Scotland Tonight which was live and thus a little nerve wracking but it went well I think!

If you would like to see the video from that check out this link to my personal blog (sorry I can’t upload video here without paying an upgrade fee.)

Grrrrrrr – once again why won’t Word Press work like it’s supposed to? The link button in the editing/writing phase isn’t working. Sorry I guess you will have to copy and paste in the link to your browser.

I am so thankful to 29 Studios (all of whom I now consider dear friends) and my dear dear friends Gillian & Michelle for making it such an awesome trip. I can’t wait to go back to Glasgow!


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What do YOU want to see?

So as I am working on new program ideas all over the world I realized that I am certainly falling down on the job if I don’t ask all of YOU what it is that YOU would be interested in seeing 🙂

Specifically for this I am working on various ALE (Astronaut Leadership Experiences) – Astronomy Meets Adventure Programs.Recently we’ve gone to the Gobi Desert to see the Transit of Venus. Coming up in November we head to Australia!

December information is still getting solidified for another program but if we pull that one together it will be in the Caribbean area…. So where do YOU want to go? What astronomical event do YOU want to see? Tell us! You never know we may add it to our list of trip options 🙂

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Mission Discovery Kings – AMAZING!

Oh what a week it was! I really had hoped to blog throughout the week about all the events of the week but sadly that just didn’t work out time wise for me! Since I’ve discovered I’m not terribly good at recreating vividly after the fact I figure I’ll just give some highlights if that’s okay.

To start with the Kings facilities were a great fit for Mission Discovery. We had a lecture hall where everyone could be seated for the large lectures and some of the team tasks. We had well over 200 students for this Mission Discovery which had a Biomedical theme because it was in conjunction with Center of Human & Aerospace Physiology (CHAPS) at Kings. All of our students were aged 13-18 for this program.

But let’s face it – it’s not the facilities that make a program amazing…. it’s the people and boy did we have some really great ones! We had over half a dozen professors from Kings join us for mentoring as well as daily presentations about physiology in space. Additionally we were fortunate enough to have video or audio conferences from the US from one of the NASA Flight Surgeons, a NASA physiologist, an engineer for the payload company which the experiment with launch with and none other than Jay Honeycutt the former KSC Center Director. Every time you turned around there was someone amazing with something poignant to say. Of course we can’t forget about Ken as our astronaut for the week and perhaps myself and Chris (Director of ISSET) had a word of wisdom or 2 to throw in there! And the people up on the stage weren’t the only amazing folks we had – we had a group (the whole group in fact!) of students who were incredibly engaged, inquisitive and excited. They asked questions that were so insightful and thought provoking.

Through the week students worked on smaller team tasks for team building experience as well as some prizes but the big task of the week was obviously for the team to design an experiment that could fly into space. All of the teams definitely rose to the occasion and we heard some absolutely fantastic ideas. To be honest it was an unenviable job to be a judge because there were so many great ideas it was hard to pick just one. But alas we had to….. the winning team’s experiment about antibiotics will fly in space!

Stay tuned to our page to follow along with the progress of their experiment and to find out where the next Mission Discovery will be. We have several in work!!!