Adult Space Camp Trains Civilians to Study Our Mysterious Atmosphere

March 19, 2015 - It's been the dream of many to one day step into a space suit and count down to launch. With the ending of NASA's shuttle program in 2011, that dream may have seemed farther away than ever for some. However, for the men and women training at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with Project PoSSUM, the closing of one door opened another to the opportunity of a lifetime. The Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere (PoSSUM) program is a four-day intensive astronaut-science training course. Its purpose is to provide specific skills necessary for using commercial space vehicles to conduct climate change research in the most distant reaches of Earth's atmosphere.