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COMET’s Ellen Brown supports STEM Event at KSC

Ellen Brown (far right) and some of the students show off their swag at the “Go For Launch!” event.

Ellen Brown, a Transformation Principal on the COMET contract at KSC, has more than thirty years of leadership supporting critical NASA Pro-grams, including the Space Shuttle, Ares I-X and Artemis.

Her breadth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm make her an ideal candidate to advocate for the space pro-gram and she recently participated in Higher Orbits, “Go For Launch!” event which was held June 3-5, 2024, at the KSC Visitor Complex.

“The Higher Orbits ‘Go For Launch!’ event is a very engaging STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering & Math] opportunity for high school students to learn more about the workings of space exploration,” Ellen said. “I really enjoyed talking to the students who were very curious and asked a lot of questions. It was obvious they were interested in what we do and wanted to learn more.” 

The program aims to reach high school students and inspire them through space exploration.

Over the course of three days, students in grades 8-12 participated in events designed to help them develop critical skills needed in their future careers. 

Retired Astronaut Wendy Lawrence, a veteran of four Space Shuttle Flights (STS-67, STS-86, STS-91 and STS-114), was guest speaker at the event.


Ellen told the group of students everything there was to know about the Artemis Program—and they were each given Artemis patches and Orion Spacecraft punchouts.


“The non-profit organization, Higher Orbits, offers each group the opportunity to develop experiments that can be performed in space,” she said. “They go through a series of approval selections and the top winning experiment gets put on a future manifest to actually fly in space.

“How cool is that for a high school group to get that kind of opportunity!”


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