Welcome to Reach for the Stars

August 3, 2017

Expedition XXI is officially on the books!

Reach for the Stars has decided to proceed with the program for the 2017/2018 school year. We are starting a month earlier to prepare for the mission to the US Space and Rocket Center now slated for May 6 to May 11, 2018.

Informational Briefings will be held at Seward Montessori on Monday, October 2 and at Lucy Craft Laney Community School on Tuesday, October 3.

Applications will be available in October.

Stand by for further details.

April 30, 2017

The MAC Launch XX website is available for viewing.

Click here for the link.

May 7, 2016

The MAC Kaunch XIX website is still available for viewing.

Click here for the link.

Program Overview

Contact peter@reachuplink.org with any questions.

Reach for the Stars is now on Facebook!

We have moved gingerly into the 21st Century! Please 'like' our Facebook page!

Here are the photos from MAC Launch XVIII taken at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Click here to go to the Site.

Past trips to Huntsville.

There have been requests for photos from past trips to Huntsville. They are still online. Here are the links.

May 17, 2011 - New Shuttle Launch Page

We've added a new page to share our shuttle launch experiences.

Click here to go to the Site.

STS-134 Launches on May 16th! We were there!

The final launch of the space shuttle Endeavor took place on Monday, May 16th at 8:56 a.m. EDT. Andy and Peter were there, watching from a vantage point on the NASA Causeway at the Kennedy Space Center. The view was magnificent just 6.5 miles from Launch Complex 39A. The arrival time before dawn afforded a beautiful display of four planets hanging above the eastern horizon, awaiting the sun. It rose on time about 20 minutes later. The countdown proceeded almost without a glitch. The closeout crew discovered some tile damage around the hatch but quickly repaired it. The excitement built as Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach polled his team for their Go/No Go decisions. There were no constraints. The crowd cheered and joined in the count from T-10 seconds and cheered as the skies lit up with the incandescent light of the Solid Rocket Booster(SRB)s.

There is no way to capture the quality of the light from those engines. It is nearly too bright to look at directly and it is difficult to comprehend how much power is being displayed as this vehicle weighing four and a half million pounds at launch rockets toward the clouds where it disappeared 20 seconds after leaving the pad. The sound took 45 seconds to reach us. We stood there, cheering as the intense reverberations like one continuous crackling explosion washed over us. Take the best 4th of July Grand Finale, amplify it by a brazillion and you might come close to the sight and sound of a space shuttle launch. There will only be one more and we plan to be there.

STS-127 and STS-128 Photos.

Peter and Agnes were the official MAC Launch delegates to the Inter-Galactic-Planetary-Orbital-Send-Off Committee (IGPOSO?) for the launch STS-127 and STS-128, or something like that. Be sure to check-out the photos!

Click here for the STS-127 Photos.
Click here for the STS-128 Photos.