Press Release

SpaceKids Global Founder Takes Blue Origin Flight to Space to Inspire Millions of Kids

By SpaceRef Editor
March 14, 2022
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SpaceKids Global is proud to announce founder Sharon Hagle will take her first flight into space on March 23 as a member of the fourth crewed flight on Blue Origin’s New Shepard. The 11-minute flight will take the six-person crew 62 miles above earth, traveling over three times the speed of sound to float weightless for several minutes. Joining Hagle on the flight will be her husband, Marc Hagle, making them the first married couple to fly to space on a commercial vehicle. 
Hagle’s first galactic trip is an exciting milestone for SpaceKids Global, aligning perfectly with the organization’s mission to encourage elementary kids to explore space careers and pursue STEAM+ education.
SpaceKids Global is currently partnering with ZERO-G Experience® to offer two kids, ages 8-12, a special opportunity to experience a weightless environment that allows you to float, flip, and soar like an astronaut. SpaceKids Global’s national essay competition runs through March 21, 2022. The students will win an (almost!) out-of-this-world  ZERO-G Experience® ($8,200+ value) on a specially-modified Boeing 727 airplane. Essays on the topic “Why I want to go to space” will be judged by representatives from high profile space industry organizations. 
“This flight represents what’s possible for every child who develops an interest in space. There has never been a more exciting time for the future of space exploration, and our children are witnessing moments that could change the trajectory of their careers and lives if introduced to space careers and STEAM+ education at an early enough age,” said Sharon Hagle, founder of SpaceKids Global. “It has been my personal mission to bring the possibility of space to kids. I see no better way than to lead by example with the amazing opportunity presented by Blue Origin. My hope is that our flight will encourage as many children as possible to enter the essay competition for the chance to fly like an astronaut.” 
For more information on how to enter the essay competition, visit  
About SpaceKids Global: 
SpaceKids Global is a Florida based, national nonprofit, with the mission to educate and actively engage a national audience of elementary students in STEAM+ environment activities, that inspire them to pursue careers in space exploration and technology. For more information, visit

SpaceRef staff editor.