A seven-year-old astronaut in training will become the first child to send something to the moon after impressing the world’s top space pioneers.
Elizabeth Norman is obsessed with space and organized the launch of a huge homemade Vulcan Centaur rocket from her garden earlier this year.
His enormous enthusiasm for all things moon caught the attention of the American experts who are currently preparing the real Vulcan Centaur for the first moon landing in nearly 50 years.
United Launch Alliance (ULA) has miniscule space left on an upcoming mission to send the first private capsule to land on the lunar surface.
They have offered to take something that belongs to ‘Astro Liz’, and now a sticker with the name of their space blog will be part of the first lunar ‘time capsule’.
His family, who are from Leicester in England, have even been invited to say goodbye on launch day in Florida in late 2021.
The schoolgirl is one of the few people in the world to include a personal item in the first mission of its kind.
And he’s already doing his own astronaut physical training routine to prepare for a future in space, to one day go visit the moon, and his sticker, in person.
Elizabeth said: “I can’t wait to see a video of the capsule with my sticker on the moon taken by the lunar lander.
“Astrobotic is making my space dreams come true and I am very excited to see the launch … I love science and space because there is so much to learn and I love exploring and doing experiments.” Your future goals? “Walk on the moon and explore the highest mountain on Mars”.
Proud mom Jennifer Norman said: “None of us could believe it when we found out that she would have the opportunity to make her mark on the Moon … For her, being included in such a historic moment is incredible and has shown that anything is possible. Your confidence and ambition have grown a lot since you found out.
Elizabeth’s passion for space took off after seeing coverage of NASA’s Perseverance Rover sent to Mars in July 2020.
She dedicated herself to learning all about space: Elizabeth has already built a bionic arm to learn about robotics and has just completed a five-week NASA program in which she designed and carried out her own virtual mission to Mars.
He even installed a science-themed YouTube channel in July of last year, where he uploads educational videos.
His work caught the attention of Tory Bruno, ULA’s chief executive, and lunar lander manufacturer Astrobotic.
He watched the launch of his seven-foot cardboard version of the rocket that is currently preparing for launch, as it sailed 30 feet in the air, impressing Elizabeth’s neighbors.
So impressed, he reached out and asked if it could be part of the actual launch of Astrobotic’s Peregrine lunar lander aboard ULA’s Vulcan Centaur when it lifts off later this year.
As part of the mission, the space technology company Astrobotic offers individuals and businesses the opportunity to purchase space on the lander, known as a lunar payload: NASA is paying $ 79.5 million for 14 spaces on the mission .
Elizabeth couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming release; after all, if anyone knows that the sky is far from the limit, it is her.
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