The National AeroSpace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center and International Space University (ISU) announced today that they have partnered to create a series of unique space education and training courses aimed to motivate, inspire, and educate people from a range of backgrounds and age groups. Each course will be taught by world-renowned space industry experts and include hands-on activities in a state-of-the-art aerospace training facility environment.
The ISU/NASTAR partnership will unveil its first course, Rocket Science 101, on June 24, 2009. Taught by ISU faculty member and 5-time Space Shuttle crew and space walker, former NASA Astronaut Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman, this half-day course will include a comprehensive introduction on how rockets work, propulsion, preparing for space flight (government and private), how to enjoy your time in space, the impact of space tourism, and more.
While the topic and duration of each course will vary, each course will provide a truly unique and rewarding education for all those that attend. Courses will be managed by ISU expert staff and professors and be held at the NASTAR Center facility located just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the U.S.
Brienna Henwood, Director of Commercial Business at NASTAR Center, stated, “We are very excited to take part in shaping these innovative educational programs. This experience has an appeal for everyone regardless if you are in high school or a business executive. The ability to interact candidly one-on-one with an admired astronaut or other space professional on their most passionate topic and in a genuine space training facility setting is a unique once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
“Coupling ISU’s pre-eminent role in space education with NASTAR Center’s impressive capability in aerospace training offers an unparalleled opportunity for the general public to ‘experience space’ in an exciting and intellectually stimulating way,” said Steven Brody, ISU’s Vice President for North American Operations.