Come May 14, when the space shuttle blasts off, my little space dog bead will be aboard - can you believe it? I'm still in shock. But my space dog looks like he's ready to go. My dog bead was chosen as one of a handful (about 8 ounces total) of beads to ride along on the next space mission. It was all made possible through Beads of Courage, and there's more information on it HERE. Basically, all the beads that are blasting off are space themed and geared toward kids. Then, when they return to earth, they'll be distributed to children who are in the Beads of Courage program, which supplies beads to children undergoing treatments in the hospital. And although the rocket and alien beads I submitted won't be headed on a space mission, they'll still go to children in the hospital, so everybody wins. One question I have - do you think space dog will get to stick his head out the window?