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Fly a Mission to Mars at Truckee Tahoe Airport

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Civil Air Patrol’s Tahoe Truckee Composite Squadron hosts an aerospace camp, Mission to Mars, every summer at the Truckee Tahoe Airport. Last year camp participants made models of the space shuttle, designed a rocket destined for Mars, took an airplane flight if desired, did a mock search and rescue exercise, and built several space vehicles.

This year the space camp, for ages 10-14, will run June 24-28, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Hanger 1 at the Truckee Tahoe Airport. For more information on the Civil Air Patrol’s Mission to Mars Summer Camp and registration information, contact Truckee-Donner Recreation & Parks District at 530-582-7720 or visit

CAP’s Tahoe Truckee Composite Squadron is based at the Truckee Tahoe Airport and maintains a mission-ready Cessna 182 airplane and flies more than 200 hours a year for search and rescue and training missions. The Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force and flies more than 85 percent of all federal inland search-and-rescue missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Outside the continental United States, CAP supports the Joint Rescue Coordination Centers in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Just how effective are the CAP missions? Nearly 100 people are saved each year by CAP members.

The Truckee CAP Squadron has both adult members and younger members, who are known as cadets. The CAP Cadet program is organized around five elements; leadership, aerospace education, fitness, character and community service. CAP also develops, publishes, and distributes aerospace curriculum for classroom grades kindergarten through college, in order to educate and inspire youth about aviation and aerospace.

About Civil Air Patrol

The Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the U. S. Air Force. It was founded on Dec. 1, 1941, less than a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor brought the U.S. into World War II. CAP is a Congressionally chartered nonprofit organization with more than 56,000 members nationwide. Volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and local search assistance for missing persons, to law enforcement, at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the more than 22,000 young people currently participating in the CAP Cadet Program.

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