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Koch sisters attend space adventures

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Altoona sisters Evie Koch, a sixth grader, and Estella Koch, a ninth grader, attended camp in the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, home of Space Camp, Space Camp Robotics, Aviation Challenge and U.S. Cyber Camp.

The Rocket Center is a Smithsonian Affiliate and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center.

Evie attended Space Camp, and Estella attended Aviation Challenge Mach II.

The weeklong educational programs promote science, technology, engineering and math, while training students and with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving.

Space Camp is specifically designed for trainees who have a passion for space exploration.

Evie spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to the International Space Station, the Moon or Mars. The crew participated in experiments and completed an extra-vehicular activity or spacewalk.

Aviation Challenge is designed for students who have an interest in military aviation and the mechanics of flight. Taking the role of fighter pilots, Estella and her team ran control systems and scenario-based missions, as well as trained in water and land survival.

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