One of the nifty things about living in Jacksonville, FL is that we are so close to Kennedy Space Center (KSC), America’s gateway to outer space, located about 150 miles south of Jax at Canaveral National Seashore. Last week, Torah Academy’s 3-8 graders launched into a galaxy of fun and learning on a field trip to KSC. With wide-eyed enthusiasm students came face-to-face with Space Shuttle Atlantis®, explored the massive 363 foot-long Saturn V moon rocket at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, toured NASA’s spaceflight operations, interacted with simulators and enjoyed a 3-D Imax movie of astronauts on the International Space Station. They learned about the rich heritage of space exploration and also, journeyed into the future of space travel. Kids soaked up the day with great enthusiasm and many hope to bring their families for a return trip. Sima and I had tons of fun tagging along as chaperones. It was really a delight to see the excitement that the students displayed. Who knows, maybe some of our kids will be future space explorers, scientists or even join a minyan on the Moon!