Orlando, Fla. – March 28, 2022 – SpaceKids Global today announced founder Sharon Hagle has arrived in Texas for training ahead of her historic Blue Origin Flight to space. New Shepard will lift off from Blue Origin’s Launch Site One, Tuesday, March 29, 2022. The vehicle will carry a six-person crew, including Hagle and her husband, Marc, Marty Allen, Jim Kitchen, Gary Lai, and Dr. George Nield. Hagle is the only female crew member on this flight and will experience the 11-minute trip to space and back, traveling 62 miles above Earth at three times the speed of sound.
“Florida is where the nation began and continues as the dominant location for the global commercial market for space transportation,” said Frank DiBello, CEO of Space Florida. “Sharon and Marc Hagle will further that proud heritage as they proudly represent our state as the first married couple on a commercial spaceflight. More will follow, but first is first.”
During Hagle’s training, she will receive first-hand experience that will bring her work with SpaceKids Global to life, including zero-g etiquette and mission rehearsals. SpaceKids Global is a Florida-based national nonprofit organization dedicated to educating elementary school-aged children in STEAM+ (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics and environment). To date, SpaceKids Global has impacted more than 100,000 children.
“Our mission at SpaceKids Global has always been to make space accessible for kids at an early age,” said Sharon Hagle, Founder, SpaceKids Global. “As I begin training and experience my first galactic mission, I’m excited to gain invaluable knowledge to bring the possibility of space to kids everywhere. My hope for this historic trip to space is to inspire young kids to never stop dreaming and encourage a new generation of STEAM+ leaders.”
As the only woman on the crew, Hagle’s journey to space will help celebrate Women’s History Month, commemorating women’s invaluable role in STEM throughout history. Her spaceflight will further fuel the organization’s mission to introduce all children to space exploration and technology careers, with a focus on empowering young girls. To help fill the 3.5 million STEAM+ jobs needed by 2025, SpaceKids Global aims to ensure every child is given the opportunity to lead the future of science, technology and space.
For more information about Hagle and SpaceKids Global’s mission, visit https://www.spacekids.global/.
About SpaceKids Global:
SpaceKids Global is a Florida based, national nonprofit, with the mission to educate and actively engage a national audience of elementary students in STEAM+ environment activities, that inspire them to pursue careers in space exploration and technology. To date, SpaceKids Global has impacted more than 100,000 children. For more information, visit https://www.spacekids.global/