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Hundreds of Youths Tour NASA Dryden on Take Your Children to Work Day

By Alan Brown
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center

More than 300 youths whose parents or guardians are employed at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center toured some of the center's unique aircraft and research facilities on Tuesday, June 22 during "Take Your Children to Work Day" at the local NASA field center.

Children aged eight through 14 toured the NASA Dryden flight simulation laboratory, the modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft that is used to ferry space shuttle orbiters across the country, and learned about life support on high-altitude aircraft and spacecraft. High school-age youth also toured one of NASA Dryden's mission control rooms and attended a career orientation program. After lunch in the space shuttle hangar at Dryden, the youthful visitors spent the afternoon with their parent at the employee's work site.

"Take Our Children to Work Day gives parents a unique opportunity to help children make the crucial correlation between education and future career choices," said NASA Dryden center director Kevin Petersen. "It is also a wonderful opportunity for children to catch a glimpse of what their parents do each day when they go to work."

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AND IF I PULL THE STICK BACK! -- Nicole Schultheiss, a fourth-grader at Ulrich Elementary School in California City, "flew" an F/A-18 simulator with NASA engineer Byron Simpson's coaching during Take Your Children to Work Day June 22 at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. Click here for a high resolution copy of this photo.
NASA photo by Tom Tschida


  WOW! I'M FLYING! -- Eddie Patterson, a fourth-grade student at Tehachapi's Tompkins Elementary School, enjoyed "flying" a C-17 multi-engine aircraft simulator during Take Your Children to Work Day June 22 at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center while NASA Dryden engineer Ken Norlin and other students look on. Click here for a high resolution copy of this photo.
NASA photo by Tom Tschida


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MORE THAN YOU CAN COUNT -- Leah Robson and Bridgette Puljiz of Tehachapi (seated) and Zachary Johnson of Palmdale (back to camera) look over the maze of dials and switches in the flight deck of NASA's modified Boeing 747 space shuttle carrier aircraft during Take Your Children to Work Day June 22 at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. Click here for a high resolution copy of this photo.
NASA photo by Tom Tschida

  IT SUITS HIM WELL -- NASA Dryden historian Christian Gelzer explains functions of the high-altitude pressure suit he is wearing to (left to right) Brandon Blankenship and Garrett Clay of Lancaster and Eddie Patterson of Tehachapi during Take Your Children to Work Day activities at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center June 22. Click here for a high resolution copy of this photo.
NASA photo by Tom Tschida