Did you know that Space Camp Turkey's pennant flew to space?
THE PENNANT THAT FLEW TO SPACE
The pennant that was prepared to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Space Camp Turkey was launched into space on February 24, 2011 on the Discovery Space Shuttle STS-133 mission and was brought back to Earth on March 9, 2011, after spending 12 days, 19 hours, 3 minutes, and 53 seconds in space.
The pennant was taken to the International Space Station (ISS) on the STS 133 mission of the Discovery Space Shuttle, which was launched under the command of Astronaut Steven W. Lindsey. The pennant's space travel, which took about 13 days, was documented with a certificate.
WHO IS ASTRONAUT STEVEN W. LINDSEY?
Steven W. Lindsey had logged over 5000 hours of flying time in more than 50 different types of aircraft before he was selected by NASA in March 1995. He became an astronaut in May 1996, qualified for flight assignment as a pilot.
Lindsey has flown five missions in space for NASA. He served as Pilot of STS-87 (1997) and STS-95 (1998) and Commander of STS-104 (2001), STS-121 (2006) and STS-133 (2011). Lindsey piloted the first flight of the AERCam Sprint, a free-flying robotic camera, while supporting a variety of research payloads including deployment and retrieval of the Spartan solar-observing spacecraft, and the Hubble Space Telescope Orbital Systems Test Platform.
STEVEN LINDSEY'S SPACE CAMP TURKEY VISIT
Astronaut Steven Lindsey, immediately after the space station mission which he carried out as the shuttle commander in July 4, 2006, visited Space Camp Turkey on October 10, 2006, and shared his experience with the students participating in the youth camp programs.
Speaking to the students about his experiences before and during the flight, the astronaut was noted saying that they carried out a station repair at the ISS after testing new equipment and processes that would increase the safety of space shuttles during their 13-day mission, and that they had to work for 18 hours continuously. Lindsey stated that one of the problems they had the most was getting only 2 hours of sleep a day, and also mentioned that they made a very expensive trip. Lindsey answered several questions such as “What to do in space?” and “How do astronauts live in space?” after he had the students watch all the footage and photos he took during his mission.
In memory of his visit in 2006, Steven Lindsey’s name was given to the Discovery Space Shuttle Simulator at Space Camp Turkey.
Astronaut Lindsey shared his space mission experience with the students during his visit in 2006.
OUR SPACE TRAVELER GUESTS
We hosted a total of 24 astronauts and cosmonauts at our Galactic Summer Camps since the day of our opening, and we helped them share their space experiences with our participants. Listening to the space experiences of each space traveler in person became an unforgettable moment for our participants. Dumitru Dorin Prunariu, the first Romanian cosmonaut to go to space, Charlie Duke, one of the 12 astronauts that have walked on the Moon, and Shanon Lucid, who was in space for more than 223 days, holding the record for longest time in orbit for a female astronaut, are just a couple of the space travelers that have met with the participants of Space Camp Turkey.
We will continue to share information about the special guests we have hosted at our camp.