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2020 Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Science Day

Saturday, January 25, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
at the University of Hawai‘i – Hilo

Astronaut Ellison Onizuka
Registration Form

A day of science and space exploration!
This is a free event.

For students in grades 3-12, and parents, and teachers of any grade level.

20th anniversary of the Astronaut Onizuka Science Day —
Paying tribute to the legacy of Hawai‘i's first astronaut and to the crew of the last flight of the Space Shuttle, Challenger.

Use the links above to read about the workshops being offered this year, to register, to see a list of sponsors, resource links, and UH-H campus map.

In remembrance of Challenger:

Ellison Onizuka, Astronaut, Big Island Television.
Starship Fly On, Official song and video of the Challenger 7 fund.
1986 Challenger Memorial "Light Of The World" video.
Challenger Memorial video.
Claude Onizuka: Onizuka Science Day, HawaiiNewsCenter.
Challenger on January 28, 1986.
Challenger song lyrics

      Here is the Schedule for Saturday.

  You may download and print these handouts (.pdf files)
        [Install Acrobat Reader if you need to.]

Seating will be limited. Use the online registration form. Reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Workshop assignments will be based upon selections and space availability. A confirmation will be sent later to all registered participants.

Astronuat Onizuka enjoying a meal onboard the Space Shuttle, NASA photo.   NASA Challenger Crew photograph
"Make your life count and the world will be a better place because you tried." -- Ellison Onizuka

Born and raised in Kealakekua, Kona, Hawai‘i, Ellison Onizuka graduated from Konawaena High School in 1964 and from the University of Colorado with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. Receiving a commission in the United States Air Force through ROTC, he was an aerospace flight test engineer at McClellan Air Force Base, and at the USAF Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base while logging more than 1,700 hours flying time. Selected as an astronaut candidate in January 1978, he first flew as a mission specialist on STS 51-C, the first Space Shuttle Department of Defense mission, which launched from Kennedy Space Center on January 24, 1985; STS-51-C Discovery completed 48 orbits of the Earth with Ellison logging a total of 74 hours in space. Colonel Onizuka was a mission specialist on STS-51-L, Challenger, which was launched from Kennedy Space Center at 11:38 EST on January 28, 1986. The STS-51-L crew died on January 28, 1986 when Challenger exploded 1 minute 13 seconds after launch.

Posted December 2, 2019. Updated in 2020.