Former NASA astronaut speaks at local elementary school

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

From the depths of outer space all the way to Mishawaka – a Hoosier astronaut came to town Monday night.

Former NASA astronaut, Jerry Ross, visited Bittersweet Elementary School’s planetarium and digital video theater.

The Purdue Alumni Club of St. Joe Valley brought the Purdue graduate out to share his experiences in the space program.

Ross traveled to space seven times, which is a world record.

His message was simple: to inspire youth, share his adventures in space and how he has been helped along the way.

"I want people to understand what it was like to go flying in space and what it was like to go out on space walks,” he said. “I want them to understand that God helped me get to where I got to be as an astronaut and I think that I had an epiphany moment on orbit where I actually had a sensation that I was doing exactly what God had intended me to do."

Ross also signed copies of his newly-released book entitled "Spacewalker."

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