Challenger Center Student Design Selected to Represent Richard Garriott's Educational Mission to the International Space Station

Press Release From: Challenger Center for Space Science Education
Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Student's Patch Will Fly Into Space

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Alexandria, VA - This spring Challenger Center for Space Science Education invited students to use their creativity to design an original piece of art for a student mission patch for private space explorer, Richard Garriott. As the next civilian to fly to space, Richard plans to engage students around the world with his flight to the International Space Station planned for October 2008.

The design was intended to symbolize the adventure and discovery of spaceflight. The winning design by Sarah Nakata, a student from the Brownsburg Challenger Center in Indiana, will appear on a special t-shirt that Richard will fly into space. All of the student entries appear on the Challenger Center website at

Space exploration encompasses all facets of the human experience including our need for creative expression. Unlocking students' creativity is the beginning of a journey that inspires both ingenuity and imagination. Creativity inspired great minds to imagine space exploration; human ingenuity and innovation made it a reality. An artist in his own right, Richard plans to create works of art during his mission that reflect both the emotional experience of being in space and the physical effects of zero gravity.

Challenger Center for Space Science Education was founded in 1986 by the families of the astronauts of the space shuttle Challenger 51-L mission. It is dedicated to the educational spirit of that mission and impacts over 300,000 students and 25,000 teachers each year. Challenger Learning Center programs at 50 centers around the world continue the crew's mission of engaging teachers and students in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. To locate a Challenger Learning Center near you, visit

For program information, please contact:

Shannon Rush, Development and Communications Associate Challenger Center for Space Science Education, Alexandria, VA 703-683-9740;

For more information about the Brownsburg Challenger Learning Center, please contact:

Mary Patterson, Director
Brownsburg Challenger Learning Center
Brownsburg, IN
(317) 852-1008 (ext. 1214);

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