Sunshine Letter: Mission to Mars success |

Sunshine Letter: Mission to Mars success

On behalf of the Truckee Civil Air Patrol, we would like to thank the following for their help and support to make our “Mission to Mars” summer “Space Camp” another success.

Two camps of 12 children ages 10-14 each went on a trip of a lifetime during the weeks of June 22-26, and July 20-24, when they went to Mars at the Truckee Tahoe Airport. They flew rockets and made landing crafts, built a Martian City home and garden (geodesic dome and hydroponic growing system) and successfully returned to Earth using “water rockets.” They learned about aviation/aerospace and studied flight. They enjoyed the great resources the Truckee Tahoe Airport had to offer.

Many thanks to the following: Airport Manager Kevin Smith and his staff at the Truckee Tahoe Airport; Soar Truckee; Red Truck on the Runway cafe; Civil Air Patrol members, Capt. Linda (Sunny) Todd, Capt. Robert Auguste, Capt. Pat McDonough, Senior member, Mike Holland, Civil Air Patrol cadets, England, Holbrook and Nash; W&T Graphix; Jane Kundel; and Connie Malfa.

We also would like to thank Truckee Experimental Aviation Association (EAA) Chapter 1073 Young Eagles pilots Tom Meadows and Vince Bruno who hosted a Young Eagle Flight Rally Saturday June 27 and July 25, which allowed these same children to fly with them.

For more information on the Civil Air Patrol, visit http://www.CAP.Gov. For more information on the EAA and EAA Young Eagles, visit or

Ken and Rolann Aronson

“Mission to Mars” summer “Space Camp” coordinators