Former Astronauts Talk STEM, Scouting, and the International Space Station

by STEM Scouts

Originally posted on Scouting Newsroom on May 20, 2016

Thousands of Chicago-area youths were in for a stellar lesson this Thursday when they learned about space exploration skills straight from extraterrestrial experts.

Close to 6,000 students in the Chicagoland area received first-hand wisdom from 18 retired astronauts as part of the inaugural Mission One Inspiration Day. The school visits took place in coordination with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) – the managers of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory.

The former astronauts discussed how their passion for space drove them to reach for the stars and eventually reach low-Earth orbit. The space explorers told the audience what inspired them to become astronauts, what it’s like to live and work in space, and even shared a few pieces of classic Scouting wisdom.

“You can do anything you want if you prepare for it,” former Astronaut and Captain Winston Scott advised students.

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