One Small Step, One Giant Leap

Posted by Joshua N. Baker
December 22, 2009

About the Author: Joshua Baker serves as a Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya.

There was certain buzz in the air. Everyone in Tripoli and beyond knew that something big was going to happen. In fact it was something bigger than big, it was the World Premiere of the Libyan Space Camp Documentary, “One Small Step, One Giant Leap.”

In August 2009, the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli sent twenty-four Libyan high school students to attend the NASA Space Camp at the Advanced Space Academy in Huntsville, Alabama. The students represent the first group from North Africa to attend U.S. Space Camp and only the second group from the Arab world since 1982. A professional Libyan film crew captured the ten-day adventure.

The production of the film was intense, bringing together some of the best voice actors in the business both Libyan and American. The end product was fantastic. Libyan-American Director Tarek Baghdadi created a timeless piece of digital video masterpiece that demonstrated what great things Americans and Libyans can do when they work together.

The venue for the World Premiere was the residence of Ambassador Gene A. Cretz, the first U.S. Ambassador to Libya in 36 years. The house was transformed into a lunar surface cinema, replete with Astronaut Ice Cream, Popcorn, Moon Rocks, and Meteorites.

The crowd consisted of parents, brothers and sisters, friends and neighbors of your Libyan Astronaut Heroes as well as prominent businessmen and Libyan media reps. For 23 minutes and 13 seconds the crowd remained spell-bound by the amazing experience of Space Camp. From ropes courses, to inter-galactic orbiters, to underwater weightlessness training, it was truly a once-in-a-lifetime event.

The film highlighted the important role that this science education initiative played in developing the people-to-people diplomacy and youth outreach in Muslim majority countries that President Obama called for in his Cairo Speech. Sending Libyan students to the United States on this special science education program is just a small part of a larger U.S. effort to bolster our commitment to offering educational opportunities to Libyan students and professionals.

The World Premiere blast off was a major success and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the accomplishment of the first Libyans who dared to boldly go where no Libyan had gone before!

The U.S. Embassy in Tripoli is planning to make Space Camp an annual event by sending at least 10 Libyan students aged 14 to 18 each summer.

Comments

Comments

Jack
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Virginia, USA
December 22, 2009

Jack in Virginia writes:

Josh: Nice work. This is the kind of public diplomacy that really has a tremendous impact on the hearts and minds of folks in Libya.

Twenty years from now when you are an ambassador somewhere, one of the program's participants may have become an astronaut, making his first real trip into space. And, to think, you played a part in planting that first seed.

Keep up the good work.

Jack

Anas
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New Hampshire, USA
December 23, 2009

Anas in U.K. writes:

Where's the film bro?

David
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District Of Columbia, USA
December 23, 2009

David in Washington, DC writes:

As a former NASA employee at Headquarters in DC, I hope you will correct your article since "NASA" formally has no Space Camps. The various space camps are not run by NASA nor a part of the NASA official organization. They are nonprofit or for profit entities that are located outside NASA property and run the programs based on public information available about NASA programs. Some of the websites to not clearly or easily show the public they are non-NASA organizations.

palgye
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South Korea
December 27, 2009

Palgye in South Korea writes:

One Small Step, One Giant Leap...

Dear to..... Mr. President Obam and Sec. Hillary, thinks Clinton with endless effort North Korea with chance of contact with outside world approached the start which is substantial plentifully about denuclearization. Peace and to the large principle which is a unity of the nation sympathy and the support(?) which are absolute sends. But, to 2010 probably is expected with the fact that will do the duty which one the economic development of Asia will lead a world economy is detonating agent, among those the enormous consuming market of China and the military large country do with necessity together is the object of guard. That is like that, the watch flaw hangs China. Only, until now terror from the weapon exporting Country, the politics maintains a communism and if economic structure from Chinese intention - ability of North Korea thinks North Korea that the low price vast quantity productive setup is possible. Korea and North Korea even military joint work one many sides, and...

The secret intention thought on a large scale is two kind about North Korea. Thinks an opening introduction of the capitalist economy setup which leads (Korea and North Korea each other to supplement the part which is insufficient) with about Asia which the enormous nation governs also different plan of preparation. Who guarantee absolutely necessity but - is the nation which will be visible the approval which is absolute thinks about Korea where that who has become one the rare thing. There was development whose Korea is considerable at 2009, but. Excepts some goods and thinks the character which is clearance is fall. For the development whose like this Korea is continuous from is thought that internal troubles market of above population 100,000,000 and the national setup which is unified (economically) is necessary.

When is actualized in if, performs the part of the temporary bridge to make narrow the position of advanced nation and the underdeveloped nation and technique, thinks that occurs there is a possibility which there will be to location which in many international problem will present a solution with cultural difference.
If Asia economically more abundance termination, is coming to hide during that time, the thing where the problem point which is many will be exposed the worst in case conflict (?)Thinks who is directness will intervene to the case all problem which the case which will occur will be the thing where the problem point will occur in case.

Does to make a private property the people have with the thought which is personal when does to make the fun enjoy which uses the money setup the ideology is made to approach capitalism more and the play which is dangerous makes avoid and thinks the thing. (Developmental at the time of height falls too and thinks. problem which is bigger)

In if Korea existence is made to have the national defense power which with character has the domestic demand market which is possible by magnetism and him is strong and closes, thinks the warfare hundred million intellect which is powerful and a economic crisis about Asia, or and the north the occurrence at the time of with the strong brake the thing which will provide a regeneration power.
but,i think, now`s South-Korea is not good. to do this role completely.

and continue...

palgye
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South Korea
December 27, 2009

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Korea from Asia faithfully accomplished the role of the economic mesotron until now from the world and thinks gave proof the ability. To the now when the frame of Asia is being exchanged also the different role comes to be demanded, recently thinks that the commonness confrontation of North Korea where Korean alone is not and comes to be demanded. Appreciation and gathers and the method meeting is, but in the people of the world which confines (considerable part knows thinks that is. But, they will become fixed about the new world being afraid, thinks. more is a watch adult in size,) To inform the new world, thinks that must contact.

The frame and the size of the area completely in the now when comes to be exchanged Korea oneself the role must present and must develop and, the mutual assistance of the international community thinks about stone fruit occlusive of North Korea that earnestly is necessary.

If realization possibility is in if (step by step or with different method) the international community with commonness to guarantee the stability and a continuous developmental possibility of investment and the funds with the Korean race commits the funds of the different place, thinks - is considerable to a world economy crisis overcome with maximization of investment preparation effectiveness the thing which will contribute.

(The train and the automobile which pass the seabed tunnel of Korea and Japan between China, pass by Russia on the new silk road and if they are connected with Europe, thinks this also about the new world promise. Thinks that as constructive field in the class arctic regions is big to there is not a ripple effect to right now. Like this grudge public corporation the effect of the large scale construction ramyon of the nation between thinks that becomes larger more. Executes immediately, is difficult, from now plan catches and operation goes the point of view thinks from minimum 5 years the maximum 12 degree. Why the investment which prepares a future where is? the person whom says proves is but, when the road and the railroad happen, according to him historian the case where the many industry develops.

The viewpoint which governs the nation is different but, the low price where the citizen is satisfied and the occupation which is enlarging, the public spirit of removal and the department of pedagogy residential joining in medical treatment guarantee of sense of insecurity thinks about the future when the social security which is various provides the basic.

Most actualizes this basic the economic structure which is abundant and (secret intention from viewpoint which is personal) the world leans against each other and cooperates and like to develop, thinks that does. If bud ratiocination from must firm a substance talk sympathizes. If by the way, now bud ratiocination, when the numerous coins collects and does the economy revive? When the world economy goes round the needle pretends, the raw materials, food etc. loses to all the worth and (when only alone survives can. can?)is the rear blast case will throw away competent, who?

The world cooperates now and excavates a new market and the sun and the wind power is same and with character new energy healthily, grows and from saves removes is opened and the breath system of the Western advanced nation which is stagnant and the dead zone of civilization and thinks that the clean nation must make. Thinks also North Korea among the rest one.

Yesterday was a Christmas day. White Christmasday, snow gets off, is white, Is cold. The thing which has the good club knows, will go with the expectation feeling which does maybe coldly to be annoying…. Regrets now. Appears the thing to be being a quite big difference. Does and report tries to endeavor the thing which regrets with imagining and only thought does the thing where also the effort sits hesitation without does, --- The leap was serious.

Gets out of the way a core too and goes. The main point does not hesitate in the place which is the value which tries to invest instead of to invest result escape and thinks that Oh! does. Policy or the decision which surpasses a theory the human being developed and thinks maintained.

Thinks, that two people the responsibility is precious, the fool whom only silly talk does everyday…and Thank you...

palgye
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South Korea
December 30, 2009

Palgye in South Korea writes:

at seeing and engaged lunch.

Mohamed Z.
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Libya
December 30, 2009

Mohamed Z. in Libya writes:

Thanks for posting this up Mr. Joshua. An incredible experience and I hope people will enjoy this well made documentary of a very special occasion.

Ron N.
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New York, USA
December 30, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Libyan Space Camp?

Sorry, but we need a Libyan Space camp like a fish needs a bicycle.

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