Logan Latham of Global High School in Waxahachie has been selected to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) this summer to participate in the High School Aerospace Scholars project (HAS).

Nominated by their state legislator, Latham has been selected as one of 270 high school juniors from across Texas to be part of HAS.

Selected students completed eight web-based assignments during the school year and will apply their newfound knowledge to work as a team to design a mission to Mars. The on-site experience at NASA includes a tour of JSC facilities and briefings by NASA subject matter experts. These scholars will conclude their experience by presenting their proposal at a brunch to their parents, members of the Texas Legislature, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Rotary NASA, and JSC senior management.

The state of Texas, in partnership with JSC and the Texas educational community, developed HAS in 1999 to encourage more students to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). More than 8,000 students from across Texas have participated in the program since its inception sixteen years ago.

With this program, NASA continues the Agency’s tradition of investing in the nation’s educational programs. It is directly tied to the Agency's major education goal of attracting and retaining students in STEM disciplines critical to NASA’s future missions, which include missions to Mars and beyond.

For additional information, email jsc-aeroscho@mail.nasa.gov or call 281-483-4112.

For more information about Texas Aerospace Scholars, visit http://has.aerospacescholars.org

For more information about NASA’s mission to Mars, visit https://www.nasa.gov/content/nasas-journey-to-mars/

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