Columbia Memorial Space Center to Host Virgin Galactic Event

challenger_center_logoDowney, CA (Columbia Memorial PR):  On Tuesday, December 3rd, the Columbia Memorial Space Center will welcome both Virgin Galactic Future Astronauts and Virgin Galactic Representatives for a special, interactive event.

Challenger Center for Space Science Education (Challenger Center), in partnership with Galactic Unite and Virgin Galactic, will host a live Google Hangout ( at the Challenger Learning Center inside the City’s Columbia Memorial Space Center. The event will run from 9 to 10 a.m. PST.

The hangout will be hosted by Kathleen Meehan Coop, Challenger Center’s Vice President of Education. The following Challenger Learning Centers will participate:

The day of activities will include interaction with Virgin Galactic Future Astronauts and Virgin Galactic representatives. The special guests will participate in a question and answer segment with students from Downey’s own Unsworth Elementary and four other Challenger Learning Centers across the country.

Virgin Galactic participants include:

  • Virgin Galactic Future Astronauts – Loretta Whitesides, Ron Rosano and Edwin Sahakian
  • Propulsions Design Engineer – Marissa Good
  • Vice President of Special Projects – Will Pomerantz

The future astronauts will also fly a Challenger Center mission at the Colombia Memorial Space Center with the students and speak to them about the importance of STEM education.

“We are thrilled and excited to welcome members of the Challenger Center and Virgin Galactic to our wonderful Space Center. This will be a great opportunity for our youth to learn more about the many wonders of space and about the fascinating world of STEM education. We are very proud of what our Space Center has to offer and how it continues to inspire the next generation of future space explorers,” said Mayor Mario A. Guerra.

For questions or more information, please visit or call the Columbia Memorial Space Center at 562-231-1200.

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