Administrator of NASA Meets Israel’s Future Space Explorers

Bolden: “You are the Mars Generation. Big things are about to happen in Mars exploration by the time you’ll finish high school. Maybe the SpaceIL spacecraft will continue to Mars for its next mission, after the Moon”

Tuesday, June 7- For immediate release

Charles F. Bolden, Administrator of NASA, met today at Bayit Rishonim in the city of Givatayim with over 200 grade-school students gathered from schools across the country with one thing in common: the students were all graduates of a unique space-themed course, “The Sky is not the Limit.”

This unique year-long course for 5th – 8th grade students was developed by the Israeli nonprofits SpaceIL and Taasiyeda. Through this course, students are exposed to the space field, the Israeli aerospace industry, and delve deeply into learning about SpaceIL’s mission to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the Moon, and the challenges that accompany that undertaking. One of the overarching goals of the SpaceIL and Taasiyeda partnership is to make the field of space accessible to the young generation and to enhance their technological and scientific curiosity.

This is the third year in a row that the course takes place in schools all over Israel. So far, nearly 13,000 students have participated in the course, in nearly 450 classes.

The Administrator was interested during his visit to Israel to meet with students who participated in SpaceIL’s educational program and inspire them with stories about his experience as a NASA astronaut and answer their questions.

Bolden, to the students: “You are the Mars Generation. Big things are about to happen in Mars exploration by the time you’ll finish high school. Maybe the SpaceIL spacecraft will continue to Mars for its next mission, after the Moon”.

“My message to you is do not be afraid of failure. If someone says that you can’t do something only because of where you come from or your ethnicity, don’t believe them”.

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