Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Astronaut to Talk Space & Science with Middle Schoolers

Who: Pasco Middle School students and astronaut, Dr. Don Thomas

What: Skype presentation and discussion

When: 8:45 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. Friday, April 7

Where: Pasco Middle School auditorium, 13925 14th St., Dade City

Why: Teacher Sarah Bombly received a Pasco Education Foundation Creative Teaching Grant to bring NASA astronaut Dr. Donald Thomas to Pasco Middle School.

How: Select students will gather in the auditorium to see Dr. Thomas present a PowerPoint about living, working, and conducting science experiments in space as part of their Space Exploration unit.  A question and answer session will follow the presentation.  According to NASA, Dr. Thomas became an astronaut in 1991, and completed four space flights on the Columbia and Discovery space shuttles.  His last assignment was as the International Space Station program scientist overseeing NASA experiments. He received a NASA Sustained Superior Performance Award, 1989, as well as the four NASA Group Achievement Awards, four NASA Space Flight Medals, two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.  Dr. Thomas retired from NASA in July 2007.