Media invited to attend VASTS summer academy closing activities

Press Release From: Langley Research Center
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Media are invited to attend 2015 VASTS Summer Academy closing activities

NASA Langley Research Center and the Virginia Space Grant Consortium's Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) Summer Academy concludes its ninth year of summer sessions Friday, July 24 at Langley. 

The third group of 60 high school seniors will finish Friday after spending an intense week designing the architecture for a human mission to Mars under the mentorship of Langley employees.

Overall, 180 students from Virginia participated in one of the three weeklong summer academy sessions. The academy participants were selected from a group of 550 students who successfully completed a rigorous aerospace-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics online course. VASTS is free to all student participants and offers them four college credits.

Media are invited to attend the following VASTS events this week: 

Wednesday, July 22, 1:30-3 p.m. – Guest speaker session with astronaut Roger Crouch and mission design working sessions

Thursday, July 23, 1:30-4 p.m. - A panel of NASA senior staff, scientists, engineers, and technologists, as well as aerospace industry representatives, who will evaluate the student missions at the Preliminary Mission Design Review

Friday, July 24, 1:30 p.m. – Closing ceremony with student presentations

Media interested in attending should contact Lily Daniels at Langley Research Center 757-864-9582 or

Lily Daniels

NASA Langley Research Center

Hampton, Virginia

(757) 864-9582

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