8th graders in Windsor Central Middle School wanted their visions of space to get a closer look.
The students made post cards that included, either in words, pictures, or both, their thoughts of living and working in space in the future.
Those were some of the thousands of children’s post cards launched by Blue Origin, the private spaceflight company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, on a suborbital mission on December 11th. The rocket mail was part of an educational project organized by Blue Origin's nonprofit organization, Club for the Future.
“I thought this was an amazing opportunity to reflect on space travel and receive something from space. The students also learned about the reusable sub-orbital rockets. We watched the launch during advisory,” said teacher Christine Carle.
Mrs. Carle’s brother is an engineer for Blue Origin and gave her a heads-up about the project.
“The students worked on the postcards during the second week of school. We had to get them out by the end of September,” said Mrs. Carle.
The postcards returned during Winter Recess, and the students received them Tuesday.
“It’s cool. It’s something not a lot of people have,” said 8th grader Amariah Argro.
And what was her vision of space?
“I said it would be a nice place to relax, but that there would need to be a lot of hospitals and medical care to keep people safe,” said Argro.
Other students had their own ideas about life in space.
“There would be domes where there are air, but you would have to wear a space suit everywhere else,” said Audrey Moat.
“I know this isn’t how it would actually be, but I thought it would be cool to have a house that floats and food that floats around so that you can just reach out and grab it,” said Kenadie Dunlap.
We may be years away from hovering homes and levitating lunch in space, but Dunlap has one cool souvenir.
“I think it’s amazing that (the postcard) went to space and came back. Not many people have something like that,” said Dunlap.