|Last week, we welcomed aboard rising 7th and 8th grade aspiring student astronomers from all five New York City boroughs for a week-long, space-themed camp. The program was part of the New York City Department of Education’s STEM Matters initiative.
Many of the activities referred back to Intrepid’s contributions to the Space Race. In the early 1960s, Intrepid was designated as a primary recovery vessel for a Mercury mission flown by astronaut Scott Carpenter and a Gemini mission flown by astronauts John Young and Gus Grissom. In 2011, NASA awarded the space shuttle orbiter Enterprise to the Museum.
At the beginning of the week, campers looked for sun spots using solar viewing glasses on the flight deck. Then, they built a scale model of the Earth-Moon system, viewed gases like oxygen, helium and argon using special spectrum glasses, and designed their own space capsule that had to protect an “eggstronaut” from a three story fall!