NASA astronaut visits PVPV Rawlings

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Third grader surprised by astronaut during school presentation

By NewsLine Staff

On Nov. 19, PVPV Rawlings third grade student Casey Carroll was sharing information with his class about visiting the Johnson Space Center with his grandfather, Bruce Kern, when he was surprised by NASA astronaut Terry Virts in the middle of the presentation.

It all began in September 2014, when Kern took Carroll on a special trip to Houston to visit the space center. Grandfather and grandson spent five hours with Virts, who was the NASA commander of Expedition 43, and they received a behind the scenes tour of NASA’s training center, including a stop at Mission Control.

Virts launched in November of last year and spent over six months at the International Space Station (ISS) completing science experiments and investigations, repairing the ISS and taking amazing photographs.

During Carroll’s presentation to his fellow students, Virts spent time with the students describing his time as an astronaut and answering their many questions about life in space.

It was truly a once in a lifetime morning for the children and teachers to get up close and personal with a true American astronaut.

Commander Terry Virts visits Casey Carroll and his third grade class at PVPV/Rawlings. Photo provided by PVPV/Rawlings Elementary School.