MassMutual Jr. Space Camp Program 2016
Eight Junior Astronauts Prepared For Their 9-day Space Exploration

July 15, 2016 Hong Kong

The 18th MassMutual Jr. Space Camp Program, exclusively organized and sponsored by MassMutual Asia Ltd. (MassMutual Asia), is now in its final countdown. Eight finalists—Ceiran Chan, Karson Chan, Wai To Cheung, Christina Chu, Billy Gao, Lewis James Gilbert, Audrey Lai, and Christy Lee, outshining some 2,000 candidates in three rigorous rounds of selection tests, are ready to blast off for their 9-day Space Exploration Journey to the US Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Jul 20, 2016.

 The eight Jr. Astronauts: (from left) Ceiran Chan, Karson Chan, Christina Chu, Billy Gao, Christy Lee, Lewis James Gilbert , Audrey Lai, and Wai To Cheung are ready to blast off.

Pioneered by MassMutual Asia Ltd. in 1999, the MassMutual Jr. Space Camp Program is the first ever program in Hong Kong and Macau offering children simulated astronaut training. In line with the company’s "MassMutual – where dreams are made” vision, the Program promotes the “It is Possible!” spirit. With its all-rounded, innovative and one-of-a-kind training method, the Program sparks children’s interest in space exploration and advanced technology, encouraging them to demonstrate perseverance, self-confidence, and inquisitiveness when reaching for their dreams. Since its launch, the Program has brought the chance of self-breakthroughs for more than 20,000 children in Hong Kong and Macau, inspiring them to live the spirit of “It Is Possible!”.

Ms. Jeanne Sau, Chief Marketing Officer of MassMutual Asia and Program Commander, said, “Through the MassMutual Jr. Space Camp Program, we wish to commit to society and, at the same time, provide a platform of experiential learning for children, so as to encourage them to overcome challenges with a proactive attitude and accomplish the dream of becoming a Jr. Astronaut.”

MassMutual Jr. Space Camp Program – 9-Day Space-Exploration Journey

July 20

The eight Jr. Astronauts, each with one parent, depart for the first leg of their Space-Exploration Journey in Huntsville, Alabama.
July 21 Prepare for the space camp training.

July 22

Meet the challenges of riding the “1/6 Gravity Trainer” to experience the virtual reality of walking on the moon; execute a “space-shuttle mission” in a full-scale space orbiter and ground-control center; participate in detailed space-science lectures to learn how to build a simulated space station; and enjoy an IMAX 3D space movie.

July 23

Experience weightlessness and free movement in space on the Multi-Axis Trainer; carry out a simulated space-walk which demonstrates how to perform missions outside the space shuttle while in orbit; and learn about aerodynamics in building a working model rocket.

July 24

Take a tour of the space museum to learn more about the history of man’s exploration of space and participate in the exciting space-knowledge contest. Lastly the Jr. Astronauts attend their Space Camp graduation ceremony. In the afternoon, they set out on the second leg of their Space-Exploration Journey in Florida.

July 25

At the Kennedy Space Center, they get a first-hand view of a space shuttle blasting off and heading into earth orbit, and a close-up view of the launch pads that send space shuttles and their payloads up to the International Space Station, as well as a real Saturn V rocket and the record-breaking Space Shuttle Atlantis. They also get the opportunity to meet with a real astronaut.

July 26

The Jr. Astronauts and parents may opt to spend the day visiting the world’s largest theme park in Orlando.
July 27 Depart Florida to return to Hong Kong.
July 28 Mission accomplished!














                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           MassMutual Asia Ltd. is a member of the MassMutual Financial Group. Headquartered in Hong Kong, MassMutual Asia has some 2,800 consultants. The company delivers professional one-stop risk- and wealth-management consulting services, including a series of flexible and innovative life insurance products, retirement plans, and investment services. Besides the life insurance business, MassMutual Asia also operates several subsidiaries in Hong Kong, including MassMutual Trustees Ltd., which focuses on MPF, and MassMutual Insurance Consultants Ltd., which handles general insurance.

MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing designation for the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliates. With US$642 billion1 in assets under management and 13 million customers, MassMutual Financial Group is a global, growth-oriented and diversified financial-services organization. Established in 1851, MassMutual enjoys exceptionally high financial ratings from major ratings agencies, including A.M. Best Company "A++" (Superior; top category of 15), Fitch Ratings "AA+" (Very Strong; second category of 21) and Standard & Poor's "AA+" rating (Very Strong; second category of 21)2 and is ranked by FORTUNE as one of the “Five Largest US Life Insurance Companies”3 and “FORTUNE World’s Most Admired Companies”4.

1. Figure as of December 31, 2015.
2. Ratings apply to Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries, C.M. Life Insurance Company and MML Bay State Life Insurance Company. Ratings are as of July 1, 2016 and are subject to change.
3. Ranked according to the aggregate results of [Insurance: Life, Health (Mutual)] and [Insurance: Life, Health (Stock)] on the total revenues for 2015, based on the FORTUNE 500 as published on June 15, 2016.
4. Ranked according to the results in “Life and Health Insurance” category in the 2014 FORTUNE World’s Most Admired Companies survey. The survey assessed nine reputation drivers considered to be crucial to a company’s global success: financial soundness, long-term investment value, people management, social responsibility, use of assets, quality of management, quality of products/services, innovation and global competiveness.