Susquehanna Township Middle School students meet NASA astronaut

PA-native Astronaut Hoburg explained how he became an astronaut, answered questions from students, and discussed NASA’s next goal of sending people to the moon.

HARRISBURG, Pa .– Students at Susquehanna Township Middle School had the unique opportunity to speak and ask questions of an astronaut this week.

Astronaut Warren “Woody” Hoburg, originally from Pennsylvania, graduated with the 2017 NASA Astronaut Class. He spoke with students about his journey to become an astronaut and what his job looks like.

Hoburg told FOX43 that he hopes to inspire students to follow their passions.

“And maybe give them the little push they need, for example, to pursue any STEM field, whatever it is,” he said.

STMS students had prepared several questions, from how the training affected Hoburg’s life, to how astronauts eat and use the bathroom in space, and what it feels like to move around in a spacesuit.

In addition to answering students’ questions, Hoburg spoke about NASA’s latest mission, Artemis, which will return humans to the moon.

“We are going to visit several times, visit different landing sites, set up moon bases. I’m so excited, “Hoburg said.” It’s going to be just phenomenal. And it will happen this decade.

The Artemis 1 mission is expected to launch in February 2022 as an unmanned test of the spacecraft. Other Artemis missions will include astronauts flying near the moon and possibly landing on it. NASA says that through this mission, they will land the first woman and the first person of color on the moon.

Astronauts for these future missions have yet to be determined, but Hoburg is excited about the future.

“It doesn’t seem quite real yet that this is something that I will do, but it will happen here in the next few years, I hope,” he said.

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