Launching a Dream - STS 917-D
Launching a Dream is the continuation of an annual, statewide, program in its seventeenth consecutive year.
The purpose of STS 716-D is to show that Aerospace Education is a highly motivating framework for integrating Science, Math, Technology and Career Choices into the curriculum.
Two crews simulate pre, post, and in-flight shuttle activities. The payload includes an exchange of data from long term experiments including plant growth and comparison, animal behavior, water and soil testing, crystal growth, and communication and map reading skills.
The Thurgood Marshall Elementary School shuttles will embark on their maiden voyages to the Dover Air Force Base at 9:00 A.M. At approximately 10:30 A.M. on May 28, 2009, the crews will dock with a DAFB Space Station at the base. During the rendezvous, Base representatives and other dignitaries will be invited to extend greetings, view the orbiters and experiments, and share in a goodwill space lunch.