MassMutual Jr.Space Camp

In each individual heart, including yours, there is a dream. But sometimes, because others say ‘Oh, impossible!’, you may give up the opportunity to realize your dream. Of course, during the process of realizing your dream, you will meet many obstacles and difficulties. The purpose of the MassMutual Jr. Space Camp slogan ‘It is Possible!’ is to encourage you to disregard the difficulties, and to reach out for your dream with courage and perseverance. We are sure the following ‘It is Possible!’ stories will encourage you to pursue your dream!




“Hong Kong people, we can do it!” This is our Wonder Kid, Rex Tso.

Rex is Hong Kong’s first professional boxer, unbeaten in 20 fights (as of Nov 2016) and well-known as Wonder Kid. Rex has worked at many different jobs. Facing the monotony of work and lack of life goals, he finally found his way out after becoming a professional boxer. His victory in his first bout earned him the cheers and applause of every crowd, encouraging him to keep fighting and achieve great success.

With the “It is Possible!” spirit, Rex still pushes himself to the limit and continues to pursue his dream of the world championship.

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Felix Baumgartner
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William So Wa-wai

"I thought he would walk slower than all the others, but now, he runs faster than all of them!" said William's mother. And that sums up the miracle life of this Paralympian runner William So.

William So Wa-wai was born with occasional seizures. It took him four years to learn to walk. Despite this, thanks to his perseverance, he has won many medals and broken several world records since he started participating in international competitions at the age of 15. Currently, he holds the world record for the Men's 100m and 200m in the Paralympian Games.

Through his passion for and perseverance in running, he overcame his inborn difficulties. Running for more than ten years, he has filled his life with the "It is Possible!" spirit.





“We want to push mankind’s boundaries out a little further.”


On 14 October 2012, Felix Baumgartner, the fearless Austrian extreme athlete, skydived out of the stratosphere from 39km above the Earth. He set the world record for reaching the fastest speed in free fall and for the highest manned balloon flight. During his decent he also became the first person to break the sound barrier without vehicular power.


The objective of the mission was not only to set a world record, but also to help developing a modern pressurized space suit as a spin-off from the project. Baumgartner suffers from claustrophobia and had to undergo special training in order to face this challenge. Heinz Fischer, President of Austria, was one of the first to congratulate Baumgartner: “This great success was achieved with courage and perseverance. Austria is proud of your accomplishment.”

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‘I would like to be President when I grow up.’ wrote Barack Obama as a child. When he read out his dream, his classmates all burst out laughing. Many years later, Obama made his dream come true. The impossible became the possible!


Obama was elected president of the United States last year, becoming its first African-American president. In his victory speech, Obama stressed that he is the president of all American people, appealing to all Americans that, no matter what their sex, race or skin color, they need to unite in such difficult times.


The catchphrase which rang out during many of President Obama speeches was ‘Yes We Can!’. This closely echoes the meaning of ‘It is Possible’, and in the same way encourages people to march forward toward their dreams, even though there may be many obstacles along the way.




On September 27, 2008, at 4:43pm, Chinese Taikonaut Zhai Zhigang completed a space walk, marking a historic breakthrough in China's ambitious space program. Zhai floated out head-first from the orbital module, waving his hands and the Chinese flag for the camera, to mark the complete success of China's first space walk.

During his childhood, Zhai always dreamed of becoming an astronaut, hoping that one day he could fly into outer space. As a teenager, he had thought seriously of giving up studying since he did not want his mother to have to support the family alone. Nevertheless, his mother encouraged her son not to give up, but to study hard to realize his dream.

Zhai worked doggedly towards his dream. First he was admitted to the air force flying academy, where he held the rank of pilot and then flying instructor and, in 1996, was ordered to attend the initial physical examination for astronaut selection. His psychological and physiological profiles both achieving the target, he was therefore a natural choice. Zhai was reserve astronaut on both the ‘Shenzhou V’ and ‘Shenzhou VI’ missions, but his ultimate dream was still a step away. Finally, Zhai was assigned the important task of undertaking the space walk during the ‘Shenzhou VII’ mission in 2008, a mission he completed with great success.

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Lee Lai-Shan, popularly known as ‘San San’, was born in Cheung Chau and grew up into a windsurfing athlete, practicing since childhood under the coaching of her uncle, Mr. Lai Kan. She began participating in windsurfing competitions at the age of 17 and joined the Hong Kong team at age 19. Over the years, San San won many international competitions, not least the gold medal for women's boardsailing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. She was the first locally born Hongkonger to win a gold medal for Hong Kong at an Olympic Games.


While sharing her feelings with the media after winning the gold medal, San San made the remark that ‘Hong Kong athletes are not trash,’ a phrase which became very popular at the time. This refers back to a time during the 1990s when San San participated in a European windsurfing championship. During the competition, Hong Kong team members were lambasted as ‘trash’ by some European competitors. San San,s victory at Olympics proved conclusively that Hong Kong athletes can achieve excellent performance in international competitions, and that anything is possible if you persevere and work hard.





The renowned British theoretical physicist, Stephen William Hawking, made the early decision to contribute to the research and study of physics and astronomy. At the age of 17, he was awarded a scholarship enabling him to attend Oxford University. A few years later, unfortunately, Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease. At the time doctors did not fully understand how to treat this disease. Hawking was in a desperate situation and felt the need to give up his work for a while. Later, Hawking adapted himself to his severe physical difficulties, and so he continues to dedicate himself to his research work to this day.


His physical disability has never stopped Hawking's mind working or affected his appetite for scientific study and research. Best known as the ‘Modern Einstein’, his theories on cosmology and quantum gravity have had an immense impact on modern science. Hawking has dedicated his entire life to science, and has become one of the most distinguished scientists in the world. Hawking has dared to explore the truth and has created scientific miracles time and time again, and has proven that disability is by no means a barrier to success.

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Ms. Marsha S. Ivins is a veteran of five space flights and has logged over 1,300 hours in space. She is a petite woman who determined to become an astronaut when she was 10. Even her parents thought her dream was ‘impossible’ to realize, but Marsha was not moved by them and worked hard towards achieving her space dream, successfully majoring in Space Engineering at university.


At the time she graduated, NASA still only recruited male astronauts, but this did not stop her. Marsha continued her career as an engineer at the Houston Space Center, where she continued to enrich her aerospace knowledge in her daily work while waiting for the right opportunity to arise. Later, NASA relaxed the gender restrictions for astronaut selection, but nevertheless the path to becoming an astronaut remained full of obstacles. Marsha participated in astronaut selection in 1978 and 1980, but on both occasions her application ended in failure. It was not until 1984 that, with perseverance and insistence, Marsha finally made her space dream possible.


 
 
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