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Schools’ involvement with NASA out of this world

Posted: Friday, December 09, 2005

On Nov. 9, Sterling Elementary School offered an evening for the public to experience the NASA Blastoff program. NASA has chosen 50 schools across the United States to be a part of this program.

Our state is most fortunate to have four schools that can make this connection with NASA. Nikiski and Sterling partner along with Whittier and Anchorage schools. These schools have the opportunity to develop their science programs with close communications to NASA.

The evening offered a presentation by astronaut Scott Kelly, who piloted the space flight in 1998. The mission was to repair the Hubble telescope, which was successful. He told us he is looking forward to his next flight, which is yet to be determined.

The Sterling students posed many creative and important questions to our visiting astronaut, as did the entire audience. A student-served ice cream social followed.

How fortunate we are that people like Allan Miller, a Sterling Elementary fifth-grade teacher, has through the school’s support and his personal interest in space science, made this program possible.

Sherry Karnikis

Kasilof



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