At 15, Connor Cane’s space resume is already impressive. By 9, the son of Modernizing Medicine CEO Dan Cane was chatting with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. He met Buzz Aldrin and Scott Carpenter among other space explorers.
Now he can add planning a Mars mission with NASA scientists and engineers at United Space School. Fifty students were picked from 25 countries. Connor will be one of five representing the U.S. in the two-week program in Texas this summer.
It’s the next logical step for the FAU High student with a career path in biomedical engineering. “I want to do good things for humanity,” he said in an interview at Modernizing Medicine’s headquarters.
“He has always had an interest in new forms of life,” Cane said about his son. They both have a passion for giving back.
Connor found out about the program from a NASA scientist on a family expedition to Antarctica. When he applied, he had to write an essay and was interviewed by seven NASA engineers via Skype.
“I’ve seen older kids crack under the pressure. We ran out of questions to ask,” volunteer director of admissions and space program engineer Rob Alexander said by phone. Students are 15 to 20 years old.
The venue for United Space School is Bay Area Houston, Texas, home to NASA’s Manned Space Flight Center and the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. The Johnson Space Center houses the astronaut corps, human space flight training, Mission Control and the Shuttle and International Space Station Programs.
Students selected will also take part in space-related activities at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Rice University, Space Center Houston, George Observatory at Brazos Bend State Park and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
The United Space School is operated by the Foundation for International Space Education. Click here for a video about the program.