Out of This World

One local school is taking learning about space to new heights.

Kindergarten through eighth grade students at St. Raphael Catholic School recently video chatted with astronaut Kevin Ford, the current commander of the International Space Station.

Students asked Commander Ford about how he deals with the lack of gravity, how he sleeps in space, and if the tight quarters made him claustrophobic.

“It was someone up in space. It was like 1,000 miles away,” said sixth grader Maggie Sanborn. “It was a once in a lifetime experience.”

“We could see him and see what the effects of zero gravity are and everything,” said fourth grader Noelle Treacy. “It was just amazing.”

The event was coordinated through a connection by teacher Kathy Tierney.

“It all happened by accident,” said Tierney, a reading specialist at St. Raphael. “My husband, children, and I rent a lake house in Indiana and Kevin and his family rented the house next to us over the 4th of July weekend. And we talked over fireworks, I found out what he did and asked if he could ever do something for my [school] kids.”

Commander Ford is scheduled to return to earth on March 15th, and said he hopes to visit the school in person.

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