World View Chief Pilot and TMC launch campaign to send kids’ messages to the world from space

ron2If children had a platform to say anything to everyone on Earth, what would they say? That’s what astronaut Ron Garan, the chief pilot for World View, is trying to find out.

World View “launched” the campaign at TMC for Children on Friday, collecting hand-written letters from children to send to the edge of space on a December test flight. During his visit, curious children wanted to know why he was weightless in space, what the moon looked like closer up, if he ever saw a black hole and what he ate in space.

“Children have the capacity to see what we as adults sometimes miss,” said Garan, who flew on both the U.S. Space Shuttle and the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. “I think it’s important for us to hear from them about their hopes for the world and for the future.”

ron1Children throughout the community will have an opportunity to share their messages of unity, kindness, wisdom, and even humor.

All letters received by Tuesday, Nov. 29 will be sent to space on a World View Stratollite test flight in early December. World View’s remotely controlled Stratollites deliver commercial payloads to the edge of space from Arizona and are opening up a new era of scientific discovery and economic opportunity. In the future, World View will also offer a human spaceflight experience to private citizens via high altitude balloon.

Letters from children in the community can be sent to:

ATTN: World View Marketing Team

1840 E. Valencia Rd., Building 8, STE 123

Tucson, AZ 85706

new-picture-7A couple of tips for young letter writers:

  • Please address your letter to “Dear World”
  • Your letter must fit on one side of an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper, preferably in your own handwriting
  • If you include a self-addressed stamped envelope, World View will send your letter back, signed by Ron Garan – so you’ll have something of your own that’s made it to space and back!
  • World View will select and publish some of the letters to share with the world, so please do not include last names on the letter.

Brooke Casebolt, director of women’s and children’s, said TMC was pleased to participate in the effort. “Working with children every day, I’m no longer surprised by how profound their comments are. I am excited to hear their vision for what our world can be.”

For more information, please see this brochure.

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