Via Eric Schudiske:
“Geocaching is honored to be returning to space in the form of a Geocaching Travel Bug aboard a scheduled Nov. 6th rocket launch to the International Space Station. American astronaut Rick Mastracchio will be carrying the Travel Bug and 11 hitchhikers into orbit for his 6 month stay aboard the ISS. Mastracchio will be using the Travel Bug as an educational tool to help teach students at 11 public elementary schools in Connecticut and around the world about geography and provide other educational lessons.
Rick graduated from public school in Connecticut and this is his way to give back to the community that fostered his love of learning.
Geocaching HQ will be partnering with Mastracchio to help further his educational mission and our mission to inspire everyday-explorers to experience the world around them. Geocaching HQ is encouraging geocachers around the world to join the journey to space by hosting events on Nov 6th to watch the launch and follow Mastracchhio’s adventure. We’ll be issuing a Geocaching souvenir titled “Geocaching in Space” to those who attend events on the launch day. When Mastracchio arrives at the ISS, he’ll also be logging the universe’s most elusive FTF. The ISS geocache has never been logged in person.
Geocachers must submit “Geocaching in Space” events at least two weeks prior to Nov 6. We’ll also be offering advice to for people to host an interesting/fun/cool Geocaching in Space event in our October 7th announcement.
Rick will be using the TB page as a way to communicate with elementary school students in his home state of Connecticut. Here’s how to find additional information. I’ve included a couple images of the Travel Bug bouncing around the world on it’s way to the ISS. Feel free to use those as well.
Follow Rick on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AstroRM
Rick’s Travel Bug page: http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB5JJN1
Rick’s bio: http://t.co/PKHuuGVhw6
Video of Richard Garriott and the ISS Geocache: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW7psaxQXM0