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Seniors Kick Off Older Americans Month with a Trip to Mars

Seniors from the Paducah/McCracken County Senior Center recently kicked off Older Americans Month with a simulated voyage to Mars at the Challenger Learning Center at Paducah. Older Americans Month pays homage to the many ways in which older adults bring inspiration and continuity to the fabric of our communities, and highlights how technology is helping older Americans live longer, healthier and more engaged lives.

The Paducah/McCracken County Senior Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the senior citizens of this area with services that will allow them to maintain their independence and dignity. The center provides a wide variety of social, educational, health, and recreational activities and programs to promote the positive aspects of aging. The Challenger Learning Center at Paducah, located on the campus of West Kentucky Community and Technical College, is also a non-profit organization that is part of a network of centers founded by the families of the astronauts that were lost aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1986. The centers goal is to promote science, technology, engineering and math education to people of all ages. The center has a simulated space station and mission control room where the seniors spent two hours on a mission that landed them on the planet Mars.

Mellisa Duncan, director of the Challenger Learning Center, said, What a wonderful experience to have the seniors fly to Mars. Many of them remember the first important happenings of space travel such as Sputnik or the moon landing in 1969. With such vast improvements in technology, they might see a real flight to Mars one day.

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