Thank you for presenting our school with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to communicate with Commander Shane Kimbrough and Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson on the International Space Station. Because of this experience, the concept of space exploration for my students has shifted from being an abstract concept only to be viewed on TV and in movies, to something much more personal and within reach. After the downlink with the ISS, I took an informal survey to see what my students would like to be when they grow up. On a typical day, the results would be pretty evenly split between teacher, police officer, and doctor. Not so anymore! I am here to report that 100% of my class would now like to become astronauts and work for NASA! Thank you for inspiring my second-graders to dream big. They’ll be graduating college in 2031, so be on the lookout!
Second grade teacher