Nathan Taylor of Independence, the son of Dennis Taylor and Bridget McCandless, graduated from the Camp KAOS Merits of Space Program July 22-26 at the Cosmosphere. Nathan will be entering grade 6 at Nativity of Mary this fall.

Merits of Space is a five-day, introductory overnight camp for Boy Scouts entering sixth through eighth grades emphasizing teamwork, leadership and program solving. Cosmosphere Scout programming is nationally recognized in the way it educates Scouts and inspires them to discover their potential to reach beyond their perceived limitations.

Scouts earn five merit badges during their time at the Cosmosphere: Space Exploration, Engineering, Weather, Aviation and Astronomy. As part of their merit badge requirements, Scouts launch model rockets, tour the Hutchinson Municipal Airport and view stars and planets through the Cosmosphere’s state-of-the-art telescopes.

Throughout the course of the camp, Scouts train in simulators to experience the challenges of living and working in space. These include the centrifuge, multi-axis trainer, stress simulator and Mission Control room. The week culminates with a mission in the Cosmosphere’s Falcon III, the most realistic shuttle simulator outside of NASA, where they pilot a low-Earth orbit mission.

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