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JP Aerospace: Singing Space Cowboys

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Fri Jun 16, 2006 3:40 pm
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Sons of the San Joaquin sing the official music of space education.

The cowboy singing group, the Sons of the San Joaquin, have joined with JP Aerospace to support Space Education.

“The team is very excited to have the Sons as a sponsor,” says John Powell, President of JP Aerospace.

Adding a bit of tradition with a reach to the stars, the Son’s music will accompany videos filmed during high altitude research missions that carry student projects as part of the PongSat space education program.

A PongSat is an experiment that fits inside of a ping pong ball and is then flown to the edge of space. Students as young as five are running their own space programs. Experiments range from plant seeds to computers with sophisticated sensors.

After landing, the PongSats are returned to the students, along with the video from the edge of space. The students then study the results. The PongSat program is open to everyone and is free of charge. Students from all over the world participate in the PongSat program.

JP Aerospace has flown over 1800 PongSats involving thousands of students.

“Their songs describing beautiful vistas and open skies are a perfect match for the scenes of the Earth from the edge of space,” says Powell.

The Sons of the San Joaquin are a family trio composed of brothers Joe and Jack Hannah, and Joe’s son, Lon. They sing western music, songs celebrating the life and work and the geographical setting of the American Cowboy.

The Sons are the recipients of many music awards, both as a group and individually. Jack Hannah has won several Song of the Year awards from the Western Music Association. He was also honored with the Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Sons of the San Joaquin have a strong background and commitment to education.

The old west and space travel may seem an odd match. However, the spirit of the frontier and the shared enthusiasm for education make Sons of the San Joaquin and JPA a great fit!

JP Aerospace is an independent space program staffed by volunteers dedicated to bringing space travel to everyone.

More information and pictures available at www.jpaerospace.com.
PongSat is a registered trademark of JP Aerospace.

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