In a room of the Hillside Center, home to Girls Inc. of Santa Fe for the past 57 years, fifteen 5- and 6-year-old girls put on space helmets they created and prepare to launch into space. Their mission: to explore other planets and bring back observations of alien plants and animals. In preparation for this journey their facilitators have spread drawings of extraterrestrial life throughout the room. The young explorers search for signs of life and sketch what they find before returning to their rocket for the voyage home. By playing astronauts, the girls are not just exercising their imaginations; they are envisioning one possible future for themselves.
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