Taking Up Space

We are sending Native American Girls to Space Camp!
Time in Cosmology is honored to be collaborating with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe in our first mission to send middle-school-aged Pascua Yaqui girls to Space Camp! The first group of Pascua Yaqui girls attended Space Camp in June 2017. Selected Scholarship winners received full camp tuition for two years. We hope to be adding more girls and tribes, for as long as we can fund the Girls Taking Up Space Program.

The girls have the opportunity to meet NASA Astronauts!

Space Camp Alumnus and NASA Astronaut, Dorothy Metcalf – Lindenburger, visits Space Camp regularly.

And Astronaut John Herrington, the first Native American in Space:

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Optics and LASERS!

We were very fortunate to get a tour of The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences and DILAS Coherent, a high-power diode laser components and systems company.

We suited up and went inside clean rooms, sat in on optics classes, viewed a large scale mirror, investigated a Halloween “crime scene”, and had an up close view of the production of high powered LASERS worth thousands of dollars.

Our sincere appreciation to Kim Alegria of DILAS Coherent, Dr. Alan Kost – Research Professor,  Dr. Mike Nofziger – OSC Professor,  and Dr. Roland Himmelhuber – Research Scientist and Nanofabrication Manager. 

Thank you!

 

Visiting Spacefest IX

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Our second annual team bonding swim down the lazy river

Our appreciation to the Poor family for giving us the opportunity to attend Spacefest IX. It’s wonderful to see so much artistic talent and to learn about the history and future of space exploration. Thank you to the Spacefest organizers for a wonderful event!

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Sole was honored to be invited to give a speech at the Spacefest IX banquet dinner. She was prepared and ready.

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A little bit nervous…

 

As the saying goes, “It takes team work to make dreams work.” We are grateful to the Space Hipster community for helping us reach our goals. Our gratitude to the Pascua Yaqui community.  Thank you all for your support!

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Space Hipsters at Spacefest IX, Tucson, AZ. 2018
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Space Hipsters: Sole, Czarina, Lois, Saydee, Emily and Yaya

(Photo Credits: Mark Usciak)

Please click on the link if you would like to help: https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/1530675

 

We Had a Blast!

Our sincere thank you to all who helped with our fundraiser! ❤️ We had a lovely evening and gathered over 80 donation envelopes. Gabriel Ayala was amazing, and the girls were brilliant!

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MC Geoff Notkin and Sole
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Young MacDonald
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Simon and Michele of the TIAA donating their time
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Apollo astronaut Al Worden donated raffle items
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Program for the La Cocina Fundraiser
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Mayor’s Proclamation

Thank you La Cocina, Francis French, Geoffrey Notkin, Simon Kregar and Michelle Rouch of the TIAA, Dolly Spalding, Alaric Weber, Jason Canfield, Kate Avalos and the Presidio San Agustín del Tucsón, and Heidi McPeak.

(Photos courtesy of Gabriel Ayala and Francis French)

Win astronaut Luciana Vega, the American Girl 2018 “Doll of the Year”

 

Would you or some special girl in your life like to own aspiring astronaut Luciana Vega, the American Girl 2018 “Doll of the Year” and all of her gear pictured here?

Space Hipsters is raffling Luciana and her collection, retail value $300, in cooperation with Taking Up Space. Tickets are $10 each for the first ticket and $5 for each additional ticket bought at the same time. So, for instance, $20 will get you three chances to win.

The drawing will be held on March 6th and broadcast from Tucson at the La Cocina Fundrasier as a “Facebook live” event.

Buy a ticket (or lots of tickets), by logging onto PayPalhttps://www.paypal.com/myaccount/transfer/buy and ‘pay for goods’ using this email: HistorianMom@gmail.com.

Be sure and tell us in the ‘Add a note’ section of your purchase who the ticket(s) is for if it’s not the same as the name of the PayPal account owner (you might, for instance, want to buy tickets for three granddaughters & put each of their names on a ticket). Within 36 hours of your purchase you will receive an email with your ticket number on it. Hold on to that e-mail!

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Space Hipsters has purchased this collection out of profits from Patch sales. Half of the first $600 collected will go to reimburse the account. So, for instance, if we only sell $200 worth of tickets, SH will get $100 and Taking Up Space will get $100. After $600, Taking Up Space will get 100% percent of monies collected. Space Hipsters will pay worldwide shipping and insurance costs to get Luciana to the winner. Any customs fees will be the responsibility of the winner.

This post has been edited by Taking Up Space. Original Post by Lois Huneycutt in Space Hipsters found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/spacehipsters/permalink/1743361162375426/

Fundraiser featuring Guitarist Gabriel Ayala!

Want a fun way to help girls get to Space Camp?

Stop by La Cocina, March 6th from 5PM – 10PM, and listen to space expert Francis French; view gorgeous space art by the Tucson-Chapter of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA); hear the beautiful sounds of Pascua Yaqui guitarist Gabriel Ayala; and feast upon delicious food by La Cocina Restaurant & Cantina. MC for the night is Emmy-winner and Meteorite Men TV show host Geoffrey Notkin. Look for astronauts in the audience!  La Cocina is generously donating 10% of your tab to sending Pascua Yaqui girls to Space Camp.

You don’t want to miss this! See you soon!

Who: Pascua Yaqui classical guitarist Gabriel Ayala, space expert Francis French, art by IAAA, with Emmy award winning MC Geoffrey Notkin
What: Fundraiser with Pascua Yaqui guitarist Gabriel Ayala
Where: La Cocina
201 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
When: March 6, 2018, anytime between 5PM – 10PM

About:
Gabriele Ayala
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A member of the Yaqui people of southern Arizona, Gabriel Ayala(Guitarist) is at the forefront of a new generation of Native Americans making a career performing classical music.  He earned a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Arizona in 1997, has taught at all educational levels from elementary through college, and serves as a competition adjudicator. Although Gabriel truly enjoys being a teacher his busy touring schedule allows him to only teach in masterclass settings.

Geoffrey Notkin
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Emmy Award-winning television host and producer Geoff Notkin starred in three seasons of the cult television adventure series Meteorite Men for Science Channel and two seasons of the educational series STEM Journals for Cox Media. He has also appeared in shows for Discovery, NASA EDGE, TLC, PBS, A&E, National Geographic Channel, History Channel, Travel Channel, and the BBC. He is a science writer, meteorite specialist, photographer, world traveler, and president of Aerolite Meteorites Inc, the world’s largest meteorite company.

Francis French
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Presenting: The Fly In the Ointment
What do you do when you are the only person in a situation who knows you have the solution, but the ‘experts’ are saying something else?  In 1961, NASA was told it had to land humans on the moon by the end of the decade, but one engineer soon realized – NASA was going about it the wrong way. John Houbolt had a plan that would save precious years, and billions of dollars. So, risking his career, he went over their heads. Did he succeed? Francis French, author and Director of Education at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, will discuss that moment many of us face in our careers – when we need to be bold, and fearless, and inspired to follow the right path.

Press Release (PDF)

Can’t make it but still want to help? Donate here via PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/1530675

Sponsor: Time in Cosmology and the University of Arizona Math Dept

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