Your NASA Dream Experience
The winning team

The winning team! (l to r: Susan White, Director of Education at JSC, teacher Angela Munoz, students Nicole Dickerson and Ciara Baisden, and astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger) Photo Credit: Pierre DuCharme, The Ledger

The applications have been submitted and the winning team has been notified. The team is from Lakeland High School in Lakeland, Florida. Teacher Angela Munoz and her students, senior Nicole Dickerson and sophomore Ciara Baisden, are arriving at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, on Feb. 25 to start their job shadow.

This is a unique opportunity for a team of two students and one teacher to compete for an all-expenses-paid, 3-day job shadow experience at either the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, or the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Stay tuned to this Web site to read all about their experiences and see pictures of each day.

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The Team
Your team must consist of two students and one teacher. The members of the team do not have to be at the same school, but they all must fill out their portion of the application.

The Application
Each team member has their own section of the application that must be filled out. The section consists of three essay questions as well as some biographical information. Then there are two questions that the team must answer together. On the application, you must also choose which center experience you would like to compete for.

Apply for Your NASA Dream Experience here. The deadline for completing the application is midnight on December 15, 2008.

If you have any questions about the Johnson Space Center experience, please contact Susan H. Anderson at 281-483-8630. For questions about the Kennedy Space Center experience, please contact Cheryl Johnson at 321-867-4602.

The Selection Process
All applications must be completed and turned in by midnight on December 15, 2008. Any applications that are not complete will be disqualified.

Johnson Space Center and Kennedy Space Center will then review the applications for their respective job shadow opportunities. They will then select teams for a phone interview. Once the interviews are complete, the winning teams, one for each center, will be announced.

The Experience
Spend time behind the scenes at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, or at NASA Kennedy Space Center along the Florida Space Coast.

At the Johnson Space Center you can:
  • Tour the mockups and simulators where NASA trains flight controllers and astronauts
  • Meet the engineers who design and develop missions to space
  • Talk with scientists who are researching how humans are affected by extended stays in a low gravity environment
  • Have lunch with an astronaut
  • Be chosen for kitchen duty and do some space food taste testing
  • Talk to college interns, who are beginning their careers in this Nation's greatest exploration; the Constellation program, as we return humans to the Moon and make the first footprints on Mars.
  • And so much more….
At the Kennedy Space Center you can:
  • Visit the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) where the Shuttle, External Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters are mated together and prepared for a rollout on the crawler to the launch pad
  • You will go on a guided walk through the Operation Processing Facilities (OPF) where the tiles are placed on the shuttle and the orbiter is housed
  • Tour through the Launch Control Center (LCC) and sit in an actual firing room where the countdowns to launch occur
  • Take a guided tour of the un-manned Rocket and Shuttle Launch pads
  • See the Astronaut Crew Quarters where the astronauts spend their last hours before a launch
  • Enjoy a lunch with Kennedy Space Center young engineers
  • Take a tour through the 140,000 acre Wildlife Refuge where Kennedy Space Center resides
  • And so much more…
Your Nation's space program needs creative, talented engineers and scientists to help us create healthful recipes and food items for astronauts, design and build robots and rovers, construct rockets and spaceflight vehicles, and formulate habitats to support human life on other planets. A variety of experiences await you at either NASA Center.