Of Roots and Branches

Come one, come all.  Pull up a chair while I spin a yarn about the roots behind Dream Flight Adventures™ and the other branches that have grown out of it.

CMSEC-logoWhen I was just a wee little lad I had the special chance to attend a field trip at the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center, not too far from my hometown.  It was a magical experience that captured my imagination and never let go.  It was that moment and the events that followed that eventually led to the creation of Dream Flight Adventures today.

But I was not alone in experiencing the Space Center’s magic.  Over 300,000 other kids took a similar journey.

Some were inspired to become teachers, others scientists.  Some have become actors, and some have gone on to work for NASA.  And don’t forget the large group of kids who grew up and have started families of their own, telling their own children about the wonders that await them in the far reaches of space and their own imaginations.

As for me, I couldn’t get enough of the magic, so I decided to make more of it.  I’ve spent most of my life learning the skills and jumping through the hoops necessary to create these magical experiences and to share them with a new generation of children, including my own.  That’s where Dream Flight Adventures™ came from, in a nutshell.  The full story is much more interesting, but also much longer, and I’m afraid I don’t have enough popcorn at the moment.

SpaceLogo04But did you know that there are others out there who are recreating this magic too?  Oh yes!  There’s a new Space Education Center and museum that will be launching in the coming months.  Aware of the understated power of everyday people, the Space Education Center is filling its rocket tanks with the fuel from KickStarter.  There’s also an arts center that is adding a splash of simulator magic to its repertoire.  Both of these—as with the Christa McAuliffe Space Center—are based in Utah, so be sure to pay them a visit the next time you’re out west.

As for the rest of the world, who knows where the next magical installation will be?  Maybe it’ll be in your own community, and maybe it’ll be you who helps make it happen.  It’s a magical journey!  We love every minute of it, and we hope you’ll join us for the ride!

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