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Students from Bremen, Germany go from Kenai to Mars privately and their parents are all very envious for their children to have such a great journey to Alaska.? Challenger Learning Center executive director Larry Porter was very pleased that the exchange group included the Center as part of their...
Government remains potent economic force

...include funds for starting the After the Bell after-school program in Soldotna, construction money for the Alaska Challenger Learning Center in Kenai and upgrades on the Seward and Sterling highways. State money is harder to come by, but has contributed...
Live Bravo to Billy-O & Discovery crew from Peninsula students

December 21st was a historic day for Alaska and the staff at the Challenger Learning Center in Kenai. For the students who were selected to participate in the live video conference with the crew of the orbiting Discovery shuttle it was a day they?ll tell their grandchildren about someday as that generation travels to Mars and beyond. The Discovery was piloted by Alaska?s first man in space Bill Oefelein, known among his fellow astronauts as ?Billy-O.? It was the day before Discovery would return to earth and in a brief live question and answer session CNN and ABC news reporters seemed fixated on the weather problems developing at the mission?s potential landing sites, both networks asking identical questions and STS-166 crew members repeating the same answers. However, when the Johnson Space Center announced the networks time was up and switched to Kenai, the mood changed and an Alaskan flag was unfurled behind the crew, ?It was one of those emotional moments that thrilled us all and put lumps in everyone?s throats, it was awesome,? said KPBSD Supt. Donna Peterson. A cheer went up from the capacity group of school children in attendance and a beaming Billy-O acknowledged the ovation.


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