WINNIPEG - Three young Manitobans have been over the moon this weekend as they join 49 other youth virtually connecting with engineers, scientists, and astronauts with the Canadian Space Agency during a week of space training.
Space camp activities are catered to youth in grades 6 through 9, and work on three areas: science and technology, communications and teamwork, and fitness and nutrition. The three Manitoban Junior Astronauts were selected from among 10,000 applicants to be part of the program.
Participants will hear stories from the CSA astronauts about their career experiences, and will be challenged in a series of fun and stimulating activities. On the agenda are real-world science experiments, a moon simulation, a problem-solving mission that will make use of satellite imagery, and workout routines with space fitness experts.
NASA is heading up the Lunar Gateway program, an ambitious plan to put a space station in orbit around the moon. With the CSA participating, the Canadian agency says it’s seeking to test the skills and knowledge of Junior Astronauts, show the next generation of astronomers how they can play a role in space exploration, and get them excited about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The space camp mission will finish Monday.