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A dream of spaceflight comes true

吉姆的厨房, 他是最正规外围足球网站大学的校友,也是北卡罗来纳大学凯南-弗拉格勒商学院(UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School)的战略与创业实践教授, 将很快作为蓝色起源公司ns20飞行的一部分进入太空.

吉姆的厨房
吉姆的厨房, 他是北卡罗来纳大学凯南-弗拉格勒商学院(UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School)战略与创业实践教授, will be aboard the Blue Origin’s NS-20 flight on 3月ch 29.

It will last just 13 minutes, but it’s a trip Professor 吉姆的厨房 has been waiting for his entire life.

他被选为蓝色起源下一次太空飞行的六人机组成员之一. 这是新谢泼德项目历史上的第20次,也是第4次有人加入蓝色起源, founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Kitchen ' 87是哈佛大学战略与创业实践的教授 UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

His flight takes off 3月ch 29 in West Texas. 蓝色起源公司的NS-20航班将把厨房带到65英里的高空,是普通飞机的10倍,高度为2英里,300 miles per hour and then 2,600 miles per hour on the way back down.

It will take him to a place he has long dreamed of.

吉姆的厨房 in zero gravity“我最早的童年记忆之一是在佛罗里达的海滩上,坐在妈妈的腿上,观看阿波罗计划的发射, just looking up and seeing that rocket go up to space,” says Kitchen. “现在我正处在能够真正进入太空的边缘,我在思考这个问题.”

约翰·格伦(John Glenn)、艾伦·谢泼德(Alan Shepard)、格斯·格里森(Gus Grissom)和尼尔·阿姆斯特朗(Neil Armstrong)一直是厨房的英雄. Space was on his mind when he enrolled at UNC-教堂山分校. 他在大三的时候创办了一家营销公司,并帮助推广了西雅图的一家初创公司,该公司试图推销近地轨道太空旅行. 他没有成功,但这帮助他的太空梦想延续了40年.

现在,Kitchen的名字出现在了太空飞行的官方制服上. The design includes two orbital rings, 这在一定程度上反映了Kitchen公司早期推广这种低轨道旅行的做法.

His crewmates include Party America CEO 3月ty Allen, Commercial Space Technologies President George Nield, SpaceKids 全球 founder Sharon Hagle and 3月c Hagle, CEO and president of Tricor International.

当他的妻子最近问他对这次旅行感觉如何时, he said he was 0% nervous or scared, 80% excited and 20% in utter and sheer denial.

“我想我正在经历真正最正规外围足球网站你要进入外太空的阶段,” says Kitchen. “我不知道其他阶段是什么,但我知道我现在处于哪个阶段.”

After a lifetime of dreaming, it will all happen quickly. Kitchen将前往德克萨斯州,并于3月18日开始培训,此时距公司成立还有不到一周的时间.

He’s taking a few things with him.

posters on a wall.

吉姆的厨房访问了世界上所有193个联合国认可的国家. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-教堂山分校)

书中收集了他之前访问联合国认可的193个国家时所使用的护照,以及一面印有“194”的红色旗帜.”

他还带上了来自几个国家的国旗和贴纸,他将会把这些贴纸送给他的北卡罗来纳大学凯南-弗拉格勒分校的学生,上面写着, “My professor went to space, and all I got was this lousy sticker.”

He’ll be sharing his space experience on his Instagram页面, where he typically documents his travels.

当他在那里的时候,Kitchen通常只会做一件事.

“我的计划就是看看窗外,看看美丽的风景, borderless planet that we call home. That’s what I want to see,” says Kitchen. “I want to see the blackness of the universe. I want to see the curvature of the earth. I want to see all of that.”

Kitchen在北卡罗来纳大学凯南-弗拉格勒分校(UNC Kenan-Flagler)的学生早就听说过他的太空旅行梦想. 他将其用于培养企业家精神, reminding students they can and should dream big.

For several years, as the space tourism industry started to kick off, Kitchen曾试图在几次早期的旅游太空飞行中获得一席之地,但在几次竞赛中都失败了. A few years ago, 他在LinkedIn个人资料的标题中添加了“未来的宇航员”一词, right after “entrepreneur” and “world-explorer.”

He relentlessly contacted Blue Origin, shared his story, described himself as an explorer, a traveler and a teacher — and waited. 然后他接到了电话,进行了他所谓的“膝曲对话”.”

“Given everything that’s going on right now in the world, 从太空看到这个没有边界的星球对我来说真的很重要,” says Kitchen.

Kitchen一生的旅行都是由不知疲倦的创业精神指引的. When he was a child, 他当老师的父母会把他们的木制旅行车收拾好, 6月离开佛罗里达,然后去华盛顿州,然后在8月回来.

他的第一次国际旅行是在他上初中的时候,目的地是Valparaíso, 智利, as an American Field Service exchange student. He completed his 193 U.N.-country journeys in 2019 when he traveled to Syria.

经常有人问他是否愿意写一本关于他的旅行的书, 但他总是说他对此不感兴趣,因为他宁愿体验这一切.

He feels the same way about going to space.

“When you ask me how I prepare for this emotionally, what I’m trying to remember is this is for fun,” says Kitchen. “但这也意味着你仍然可以突破界限,实现自己的梦想,我可以与我的学生分享这些。.

“But I’m also thinking about my parents. 我在想那个看着火箭的小男孩.”