Challenger Center Hawaii celebrates its 25th anniversary
The center at Barbers Point Elementary School opened in 1993.
The Challenger Center Hawaii, a space science education program, celebrated its 25th anniversary Friday.
The center at Barbers Point Elementary School opened in 1993. It has a futuristic space station and realistic Mission Control, modeled after NASA's Johnson Space Center.
It also honors the seven-member Challenger Crew including Big Island native Ellison Onizuka, all killed when their shuttle broke apart seconds into its flight on January 28, 1986.
"We will vow ourselves to continue the mission of helping our students to dream big, strive for excellence, as well as make a difference in the world," Liane Kim, Challenger Center Hawaii said.
"The dream is alive and the journey continues and it continues through the youth of Hawaii," Claude Onizuka, Ellison Onizuka's brother said.
The center held a mission patch design contest for the anniversary.
The winning design was made by Jacob Favela, a sixth grader from Holomua Elementary School.