April 7th 2011 – MEDIA ADVISORY
Canadian Student Celebrates Global Spaceflight Anniversary With NASA Course
16-year old David Cooksley of Calgary is one of three Canadian students selected to attend the 2011 United Space School (USS) in Houston this summer. The 2011 award coincides with the first human flight in space 50 years ago by Yuri Gagarin – celebrated globally as Yuri’s Night.
In sessions led in person by astronauts, USS students will learn about technologies and develop platforms for future space travel. They will be joined by 35 students from more than 25 countries.
This annual two-week summer program introduces delegates to manned and unmanned spaceflight through distinguished lectures and tours by space researchers. Their project work will be designing a mission to Mars with NASA’s resources at their fingertips. Delegates will also participate in cultural activities.
Every year since 2000, the Aero Space Museum of Calgary has had the privilege of naming a student from Western Canada to participate in the program. The For the Love of Children Society joins the museum in supporting the most qualified student.
David Cooksley, a world-class skier and brilliant Grade 11 student at the National Sport School eagerly anticipates the challenge before him. “The USS program is an amazing opportunity and I am incredibly fortunate to be able to attend it,” says David “I fully believe that it will be a life-changing experience that I will never forget.”
2011 USS Western Canadian delegate will be presented to media:
What: United Space School 2011 Western Canadian Delegate Announcement
Date: Tuesday, April 12th 2011
Time: 12:00 PM – Guests & Media are asked to arrive at 11:30 PM for check-in
Location: Hangar – Aero Space Museum Association of Calgary
4629 McCall Way NE, Calgary, AB T2E 8A5
Mr. Cooksley will be made available for media interviews after the formal announcement as well as former Canadian delegate Tahir Merali of 2002 (Ex-Officio FISE Board Director). Museum CEO Lucile Edwards, For the Love of Children Society officers, and members of the selection panel will also be made available.
The unique USS program has inspired students across the globe for over 15 years. They come from Bolivia, Russia, India as well as other parts of Europe, Asia and the Americas. The USS is operated by the Foundation for International Space Education (FISE), a charitable organization based in Houston dedicated to developing international space education, with support of the University of Houston Clear Lake (UHCL), and in collaboration with NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
The Aero Space Museum of Calgary supports and encourages the development and maintenance of an Aero Space Museum in the City of Calgary, through educational activities and through collections and displays related to Canadian aviation history in general and to the City of Calgary in particular. The global premiere of the documentary First Orbit will be screened following the event.
Further information contact:
Mr. Tahir Merali
http://www.unitedspaceschool.org | http://www.asmac.ab.ca | http://www.yurisnight.net