Lucky Few Join STEM Mission at City’s Space Camp

"Okay, we're about to get started on our final briefing."

The 32 students enrolled at the Department of Education's Summer Space Camp at the New York City Center for Space Science Education turned to the front of the room, where Zohar Ris, the school's flight director (call sign: "Madcat") detailed the goals of the students' simulated mission into space.

Madcat started up a PowerPoint presentation; one slide showed a picture of the eight astronauts on the Challenger shuttle flight crew, who died in an explosion shortly after takeoff in 1986.

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