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Rachel Faulkner writes, I was inspired by a previous writer’s fantastic article and decided that I add on to that person’s writing about Color…

I was inspired by a previous writer’s fantastic article and decided that I add on to that person’s writing about Colorado Springs. One of the best places you can ever go in CO Springs is the Challenger Learning Center. Perhaps your parents have told you about the tragedy of Space Shuttle Challenger? It was a shuttle that blew up on liftoff, killing all of the astronouts inside. In memory of these brave people, there is a fantastic NASA led program in Colorado Springs called the Challenger Learning Center. Upon entering, you go through a meeting assigning jobs. Some include Life Support, Communications Officer, and Soil Specialist. Then you put on the NASA long white suits and get into your “Space Shuttle”. The lights go black and you watch a movie of a liftoff as the room begins to vibrate violently. After a few minutes, you get into an AirLock and are wisked into your stations. When I was there, I had to study soil from “Mars” and determine if it was similar enough to make buildings on Mars. My mother was in charge of typing information into a computer data log and the rest of my Girl Scout troop hustled along building robots, landing us, etc. Once we nearly ran out of oxygen but we were restored with one second of oxygen to go. The biggest shock came when we recieved news that our other team had been demolished in a duststorm. We eventually had to evacuate from the same storm, and we went back into our space shuttle and landed once more on earth. It was really fun and if you like science and astronomy I highly recommend the Challenger Learning Center in Colorado Springs. You will never forget it!