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Mission Discovery camp brings astronauts, space exploration to Ky. Science Center

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It was 'all systems go' at the Kentucky Science Center Saturday as students got to hear from Hoot Gibson -- a real life astronaut -- as part of Mission Discovery.

The four-day camp spans this weekend and next weekend and is designed to get students excited about math and science.

Today students asked questions and designed their own space mission patches.

The students will also be sending something into space themselves.

"Each team is going to design an experiment," said Michelle Ham, the founder of Mission Discovery. "They're not going to build it, but they have to tell us about it -- why it's important, how they would build it -- and on the final day of Mission Discovery, we will select one experiment from this Mission Discovery event to launch to the International Space Station for data."

For his part, Gibson said he enjoyed answering questions from the students -- questions he said were challenging and well thought-out.

"I am so very impressed that they're willing to give up their weekends when they could be watching basketball games and they could be playing video games and things like that, but they're not," Gibson said. "They're focusing on something like Mission Discovery that is an excellent learning opportunity, that is an excellent growth opportunity and excellent leadership opportunity for them. I am so impressed with these Louisville young people."

A spokeswoman for the science center says they plan on holding a launch party when the students' experiment launches - and they plan on hosting Mission Discovery again next year.

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