Congratulations Class of 2019!

The kids did great! 👏 Congratulations to Sole and John for successfully completing Space Camp on team Capricorn,

and Saydee for completing Aviation challenge Mach II on team Black Hawk!

Thank you to everyone who helped them get to Space Camp! 🙏

A special thank you to our sponsors: Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Space Hipsters, and Tucson Federal Credit Union.

STEAM Art Project

About Susan

It is such a treat to showcase one of our biggest supporters, Susan Roy.

How would someone describe you?

I’m a person who pursues her passions, which often turn into obsessions. I’ve always been obsessed with space travel. I went to U.S. Space Camp in the 1980s, during one of the first sessions offered to adults, and wrote about it for Savvy magazine. I’ve witnessed a Shuttle launch. Five years ago I went to NASA’s Johnson Space Center where I visited Mission Control and sat in Gene Kranz’s chair. That (metaphorically) launched me into my pursuit of all things space, including taking a Zero-G flight.


What are your favorite activities?

Meeting Apollo astronauts and traveling to important space sites, from  Kennedy Space Center to the Cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. I’m proud to have stood on the launchpads from where we Earthlings launched the first human into space (Baikonur) and sent the first of our kind to the moon (Pad 39-A at KSC). I’m working on a book about the history of our space program and my experiences.

Girls should be taking up MORE space!

Of what contribution or achievement are you most proud?

Earning my master’s degree in architectural history from Columbia University, and publishing a book based on my thesis about family fallout shelters during the Cold War (“Bomboozled: How the U.S. Government Misled Itself and Its People into Believing They Could Survive a Nuclear Attack”).


Who has influenced you?

Rusty Schweickart, the Apollo 9 astronaut who got the rare opportunity to spend five minutes outside his spacecraft with no tasks to accomplish. He chose to absorb everything he could, and years later gave a phenomenally touching, inspiring and profound talk about his experience. It’s called “No Frames, No Boundaries” and you can find it at rustyschweickart.com. It’s a beautiful description of the cosmic perspective. The lesson: Keep looking up!

What’s surprising about you?

I’ve spent twenty-five years in New York working as a magazine editor, on a variety of titles (SELF, Avenue, This Old House, Allure, Continental Profiles, and more).

Why are you supporting Girls Taking Up Space?

Girls should be taking up MORE space! I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to give a young girl an experience which she otherwise would not have. It will expand her perspective and open her eyes to remarkable possibilities. Ideally, it will change her life.

As the Taking Up Space program director, I am personally indebted to Susan. While relocating to San Diego, I was considering putting the program on a short hiatus. Then in June, while celebrating the Apollo 11 anniversary in New York, I was lucky enough to meet Susan Roy. She struck me as a quiet person with a kind smile. We were invited to the University Club for the Apollo 11 luncheon, and it was there where Susan lent me her ear, and did something I never would have expected. I told her I wasn’t going to send the Pascua Yaqui girls to Space Camp in 2019, because I hadn’t yet raised the funds. Without hesitation she said, “I’ll donate.”
I think my jaw dropped. With her help, I could then go to the tribe and ask for matching funding. It was Susan who motivated me, it was Susan who believed in the cause, and it was Susan who helped brush off the dust to get us started. In as little as two months, with the help of individual donations, the PY tribe, Space Hipsters, and Tucson Federal Credit Union, we raised close to $9,000. Unbelievable! I’m still scratching my head at all of this. We leave in a few days, and I couldn’t be more in awe of the overwhelming support. All in thanks to Susan Roy.
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Meet Mark

We are honored to have Mark Pestana as one of our donors. It’s a privilege to be supported by this outstanding human, and we think you’ll agree.

How would someone describe you?

People have described me as multi-dimensional… using both sides of my brain. I love science and engineering, and the technical aspects of aerospace subjects, having been a pilot and space operations engineer. But I also love being an artist. I have been inspired throughout my life to depict my interpretations of the beauty of the natural world, our planet’s place in the universe, and humanity’s reach for the stars.

What are your favorite activities?

My favorite activities are flying, creating art, hiking and backpacking in the wilderness, and being with my family.

My wife and daughter are scientists, and I wish all girls and women are afforded any opportunities to develop and contribute their intellectual talents in the aerospace field.

Of what contribution or achievement are you most proud?

I’m proud of two different aspects of my aerospace career. First, as a US Air Force pilot, I logged over 200 combat reconnaissance missions, collecting vial intelligence which contributed to the fall of communism and the Soviet Union. In contrast, as a NASA space operations engineer, I’m also proud to have served in the development of the International Space Station, working in Russia with our partners in this bold, multi-national experiment.

Who has influenced you?

My influences and inspiration come from caring and supportive parents, teachers, mentors, as well as the great explorers of land, sea, air and space, some of whom I’ve had the honor of meeting and knowing. Knowing Neil Armstrong, among many astronauts and test pilots, is among the greatest influences.

What’s something surprising about you?

When I was 9 years old I was illuminated by the light of a nuclear explosion in space, a test over the Pacific Ocean while on a family vacation in Hawaii. I have flown NASA research aircraft directly through the eye-wall of hurricanes. I climbed the highest mountain in the continental US after artificial hip replacement surgery. Some of my paintings hang in the Pentagon and in the Russian Mission Control Center, Moscow…and my art orbits the Earth, in the form of Space Shuttle mission patches I designed and are displayed on the walls of the International Space Station.

Why are you supporting Girls Taking Up Space?

For too many millennia, women have been marginalized and stereotyped regarding their potential in the STEM subjects. My wife and daughter are scientists, and I wish all girls and women are afforded any opportunities to develop and contribute their intellectual talents in the aerospace field. Attending Space Camp is one of those activities that serves to inspire, motivate, and promote the confidence it takes for girls to pursue these interests.

TFCU Lends a Hand

There’s one thing that continues to amaze us about Tucson, and that is the generosity of our community. Our local credit union, started by a group of teachers in 1937 with $349, is one of our biggest supporters. Their contributions have been critical to our success.

Three years ago, our first group of girls was supported by the Tucson Federal Credit Union, and they did not let us down this year. With a generous donation of $750, we will be taking another group of Pascua Yaqui youth to Space Camp in Huntsville, AL.

Our sincere thank you to, Robyn Austin, Community Relations Manager and Miguel Cruz, Vice President of Brand and Community Engagement. 35151629_10156137477325395_8349225834250240000_n

Thank you TFCU for making Tucson a better place!

 

Optics and LASERS!

We were very fortunate to get a tour of The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences and DILAS Coherent, a high-power diode laser components and systems company.

We suited up and went inside clean rooms, sat in on optics classes, viewed a large scale mirror, investigated a Halloween “crime scene”, and had an up close view of the production of high powered LASERS worth thousands of dollars.

Our sincere appreciation to Kim Alegria of DILAS Coherent, Dr. Alan Kost – Research Professor,  Dr. Mike Nofziger – OSC Professor,  and Dr. Roland Himmelhuber – Research Scientist and Nanofabrication Manager. 

Thank you!

 

We Had a Blast!

Our sincere thank you to all who helped with our fundraiser! ❤️ We had a lovely evening and gathered over 80 donation envelopes. Gabriel Ayala was amazing, and the girls were brilliant!

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MC Geoff Notkin and Sole

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Young MacDonald

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Simon and Michele of the TIAA donating their time

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Apollo astronaut Al Worden donated raffle items

La Cocina Fundraiser
Program for the La Cocina Fundraiser

Mayor's Proclamation
Mayor’s Proclamation

Thank you La Cocina, Francis French, Geoffrey Notkin, Simon Kregar and Michelle Rouch of the TIAA, Dolly Spalding, Alaric Weber, Jason Canfield, Kate Avalos and the Presidio San Agustín del Tucsón, and Heidi McPeak.

(Photos courtesy of Gabriel Ayala and Francis French)

Win astronaut Luciana Vega, the American Girl 2018 “Doll of the Year”

 

Would you or some special girl in your life like to own aspiring astronaut Luciana Vega, the American Girl 2018 “Doll of the Year” and all of her gear pictured here?

Space Hipsters is raffling Luciana and her collection, retail value $300, in cooperation with Taking Up Space. Tickets are $10 each for the first ticket and $5 for each additional ticket bought at the same time. So, for instance, $20 will get you three chances to win.

The drawing will be held on March 6th and broadcast from Tucson at the La Cocina Fundrasier as a “Facebook live” event.

Buy a ticket (or lots of tickets), by logging onto PayPalhttps://www.paypal.com/myaccount/transfer/buy and ‘pay for goods’ using this email: HistorianMom@gmail.com.

Be sure and tell us in the ‘Add a note’ section of your purchase who the ticket(s) is for if it’s not the same as the name of the PayPal account owner (you might, for instance, want to buy tickets for three granddaughters & put each of their names on a ticket). Within 36 hours of your purchase you will receive an email with your ticket number on it. Hold on to that e-mail!

Good luck, everyone! Tickets on sale now until March 4th.27072258_10105955861023720_2247245711531720591_n

Space Hipsters has purchased this collection out of profits from Patch sales. Half of the first $600 collected will go to reimburse the account. So, for instance, if we only sell $200 worth of tickets, SH will get $100 and Taking Up Space will get $100. After $600, Taking Up Space will get 100% percent of monies collected. Space Hipsters will pay worldwide shipping and insurance costs to get Luciana to the winner. Any customs fees will be the responsibility of the winner.

This post has been edited by Taking Up Space. Original Post by Lois Huneycutt in Space Hipsters found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/spacehipsters/permalink/1743361162375426/

Fundraiser featuring Guitarist Gabriel Ayala!

Want a fun way to help girls get to Space Camp?

Stop by La Cocina, March 6th from 5PM – 10PM, and listen to space expert Francis French; view gorgeous space art by the Tucson-Chapter of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA); hear the beautiful sounds of Pascua Yaqui guitarist Gabriel Ayala; and feast upon delicious food by La Cocina Restaurant & Cantina. MC for the night is Emmy-winner and Meteorite Men TV show host Geoffrey Notkin. Look for astronauts in the audience!  La Cocina is generously donating 10% of your tab to sending Pascua Yaqui girls to Space Camp.

You don’t want to miss this! See you soon!

Who: Pascua Yaqui classical guitarist Gabriel Ayala, space expert Francis French, art by IAAA, with Emmy award winning MC Geoffrey Notkin
What: Fundraiser with Pascua Yaqui guitarist Gabriel Ayala
Where: La Cocina
201 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
When: March 6, 2018, anytime between 5PM – 10PM

About:
Gabriele Ayala
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A member of the Yaqui people of southern Arizona, Gabriel Ayala(Guitarist) is at the forefront of a new generation of Native Americans making a career performing classical music.  He earned a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Arizona in 1997, has taught at all educational levels from elementary through college, and serves as a competition adjudicator. Although Gabriel truly enjoys being a teacher his busy touring schedule allows him to only teach in masterclass settings.

Geoffrey Notkin
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Emmy Award-winning television host and producer Geoff Notkin starred in three seasons of the cult television adventure series Meteorite Men for Science Channel and two seasons of the educational series STEM Journals for Cox Media. He has also appeared in shows for Discovery, NASA EDGE, TLC, PBS, A&E, National Geographic Channel, History Channel, Travel Channel, and the BBC. He is a science writer, meteorite specialist, photographer, world traveler, and president of Aerolite Meteorites Inc, the world’s largest meteorite company.

Francis French
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Presenting: The Fly In the Ointment
What do you do when you are the only person in a situation who knows you have the solution, but the ‘experts’ are saying something else?  In 1961, NASA was told it had to land humans on the moon by the end of the decade, but one engineer soon realized – NASA was going about it the wrong way. John Houbolt had a plan that would save precious years, and billions of dollars. So, risking his career, he went over their heads. Did he succeed? Francis French, author and Director of Education at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, will discuss that moment many of us face in our careers – when we need to be bold, and fearless, and inspired to follow the right path.

Press Release (PDF)

Can’t make it but still want to help? Donate here via PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/1530675

Sponsor: Time in Cosmology and the University of Arizona Math Dept

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