NASA astronaut visits Buffalo STEM school

Updated: October 22, 2019 06:34 PM

Before his educational program even started, NASA astronaut Duane Carey was surrounded by curious kids at Tatanka Elementary School.

The St. Paul native was brought to the STEM school by the Parent Teacher Organization and the Buffalo Rotary to inspire and educate students about space.


"I had a very successful mission in space and it turned out to be a lot of fun, but there are an awful lot of things we can do better when it comes to space flight," Carey said.

Carey shared videos of his actual mission aboard space shuttle Columbia in 2002, traveling nearly four million miles over 10 days to service the Hubble telescope.

His videos showed zero gravity at work, and the students loved it.

"I would like to go up to space and I would like to jump on the moon, it would be super fun," said Reece, a third-grader.

Carey said growing up in the projects in St. Paul to becoming a NASA pilot reinforces his message that you can achieve your dreams, no matter how unattainable they may seem.

"I hope there were at least a handful of kids that were inspired here this morning to challenge themselves and take some of those harder classes and help us build those spaceships that are going to get us to Mars," Carey shared. 

More from KSTP:

NASA sets up 1st all-female spacewalk after spring suit flap

Minn. native makes scientific history on NASA mission

NASA has sent several Minnesotans into space.

There have been seven astronauts from Minnesota, starting with Dale Gardner aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983.

Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper was the first woman from Minnesota to go into space in 2006.

Karen Nyberg followed two years later aboard the space shuttle Discovery.

Mark Vande Hei was the most recent Minnesotan to go into space in 2017.

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