“Mission To Mars” Luncheon Helps Inspire Future Explorers [Event Coverage]

Space and education enthusiasts gathered at River Oaks Country Club on September 15, 2016 to support nonprofit Space Center Houston’s inaugural fall luncheon: “Mission to Mars, What Will It Take?” The stellar day was led by co-chairs Janet and Harvin Moore with Keith and Alice Mosing and raised nearly $200,000 for Space Center Houston’s Youth STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Academies for underserved youth.

“Your generous support will make a difference in the lives of thousands of youth who will be inspired to pursue careers using science and mathematics after studying at our science learning center,” Space Center Houston president and CEO, William T. Harris, told attendees. “Those students could be among the first humans to set foot on Mars. What will it take to make a journey to Mars possible? It takes a caring community committed to providing our youth with quality educational experiences.”

Emcee Russ Lewis of KHOU Channel 11 highlighted that it has been 54 years since President John F. Kennedy made his historic speech announcing the goal of landing a man on the moon, so it was fitting that the event honored astronaut Gene Cernan—the last man on the moon.

Featured guests were Dr. Ellen Ochoa, astronaut and center director of NASA Johnson Space Center, and Kathy Lueders, program manager for the NASA Commercial Crew Program. Topics ranged from the International Space Station to how humans will be able to stay longer in space to make possible missions to Mars. A lively game of “fact or myth” at the end of the event left guests with a greater knowledge of space exploration.

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