Kudos to ConocoPhillips for helping with Mars mission

Posted: Monday, April 18, 2005

ConocoPhillips recently sent Cooper Landing youths, several parents, and seniors to Mars via the Kenai Challenger Learning Center. Teacher Joyce Koppert prepared the students very well for this great experience. The adults were impressed and relieved to be in such good hands on the mission. Several emergency situations occurred in flight, but the crews quickly made the proper adjustments and saved the mission and the crew from certain disaster.

Special thanks to ConocoPhillips for sponsoring the rocketry workshop, the Mission to Mars, and overnight dormitory fees for the school children; Cooper Landing Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) for providing the funds for the food, swimming and bowling activities for the students; andCooper Landing Senior Citizens Corporation, Inc. for providing transportation for the seniors.

The adults were encouraged with the great strides the space program has made and some of the students are looking forward to the possibilities of traveling to Mars, but first we all want to attend NASA Space Camp. Others of us were relieved to know a trip to Mars wouldn't be an option in our lifetime especially if they had to be on my flight. I failed my task with the robotic arm on the mission, but I had a blast.

Thanks again, ConocoPhillips, for making this great experience possible for our students and seniors.

Mayme Ohnemus, Cooper Landing

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