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Reaching for Mars
CMA juniors astronaut aspirations land him at West Point
Jake Dean
Camden Military Academy junior Jake Dean poses in front of Cline Chapel. The 17-year-old student cadet from Waxhaw, N.C., recently learned he has been accepted to West Points annual Summer Leadership Experience, May 28 through June 3. Jake -- who suffered a traumatic skateboard/traffic accident several years ago -- is hoping to become an astronaut and be among the select few for a future mission to Mars. - photo by Martin L. Cahn
Christopher Jacob “Jake” Dean wants to go to Mars. “I really want to be an astronaut,” the Camden Military Academy (CMA) junior declared, saying becoming a Naval fighter pilot would be a way to get there. “NASA has this mission to Mars in 2030.