Galaxy Trek It is Possible!
Eight MassMutual Jr. Astronauts Ready for Their 9-day Space Exploration Mission

July 19, 2017 Hong Kong

The 19th MassMutual Jr. Space Camp Program, exclusively organized and sponsored by MassMutual Asia Ltd. (MassMutual Asia), is now in its final countdown. After the final interview by the panel of judges, eight outstanding finalists, William Fan, Eric Graff, Cory Ieong, Jasmine Ko, Austin Leung, Charisse Leung, Belle Li and Chloe Suen, were chosen from some 2,000 candidates as MassMutual Jr. Astronauts. The panel of judges included Ms Chea Shuk Mui, Candy, Ten Outstanding Young Persons Awardee and Media Veteran; Ir Dr The Hon Raymond Ho Chung Tai, SBS, MBE, SBStJ, JP; Mr J.P. Lee, SBS, OBE, JP, Chairman, Agency for Volunteer Service; and Mr Robert Leung, Curator of the Hong Kong Space Museum. The Jr. Astronauts are now ready to blast off on July 26 on a 9-day Space Exploration Mission to the US Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


The eight Jr. Astronauts are ready to blast off (from left): Austin Leung, Eric Graff, Charisse Leung, Belle Li, William Fan, Chloe Suen, Jasmine Ko, and Cory Ieong.


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

July 26

The eight Jr. Astronauts, each with one parent, depart for the first leg of their Space-Exploration Journey in Huntsville, Alabama.
July 27 Preparations for the Space Camp training.

July 28

At the US Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, they experience both weightlessness and free movement in space on the Multi-Axis Trainer; and face the challenge of a simulated space-walk, which demonstrates how to perform missions outside the space shuttle while in orbit, etc.

July 29

Face the challenge of controlling a full-scale space orbiter in executing a “space-shuttle mission”; ride the “1/6th Moon Gravity Trainer” to experience the virtual reality of walking on the moon; and learn about aerodynamics while building a working model rocket with their parents.

July 30

Attend their Space Camp graduation ceremony. They then leave for Florida on the second leg of their space exploration mission.

July 31

At the Kennedy Space Center, they get the opportunity to meet and talk with a real-life astronaut. In the evening, MassMutual Asia will hold a celebration dinner on the completion of all the challenges in their mission.

Aug 1

The Jr. Astronauts and parents may opt to spend the day visiting the world’s largest theme park in Orlando.
Aug 2 Depart Florida to return to Hong Kong.
Aug 3 Mission accomplished and return to Hong Kong.













MassMutual Asia pioneered the MassMutual Jr. Space Camp Program in 1999 to provide simulated astronaut training to children from Hong Kong and Macau. So far the Program has made the space dreams of over 120 Jr. Astronauts come true. With its all-round, innovative and unique training methodology, the Program is designed to spark children’s interest in space exploration and advanced technology. At the same time, it strengthens the parent-child bond through a series of parent-child collaboration activities. The Program slogan “It is Possible!” encourages children to dare to take on challenges while pursuing their dreams.

MassMutual Asia Ltd. is a member of the MassMutual Financial Group. Headquartered in Hong Kong, MassMutual Asia has some 3,000 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$675 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, 2016.
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 March 1, 2017 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 2016, based on the FORTUNE 500 as published on June 8, 2017.
4. Ranked according to the results in “Life and Health Insurance” category in the 2017 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.