PHOTO GALLERY: Moon Landing Night teaches students about astronauts, space

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:23 a.m. CST, Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Students had the opportunity to learn about astronauts and space Tuesday night at Rock Bridge Elementary. The students will have the opportunity to astronauts from NASA in March.

COLUMBIA — Parents, children and teachers gathered in the gym for Moon Landing Night on Tuesday at Rock Bridge Elementary School. The event was designed to get students excited about NASA and space.

Students participated in activities that showed them how hard it can be for astronauts to work in the gloves they wear and how gravity affects them differently in space.

The students will have the opportunity to talk to NASA astronauts in March.

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Ellis Smith January 15, 2014 | 8:16 a.m.

"The students will have the opportunity to talk with NASA astronauts in March."

Premumably this means that NASA will supply one or more astronauts to the school or school system in March.

If you want the astronaut who would best represent being a product of University of Missouri System, who has both flown missions in space and spent more time on the international space station than most astronauts, and was the only female crew member on the final flight of the American space shuttle craft, the children might like to meet Sandra Magnus (nee Sandra Jean Hall).

Dr. Magnus received her BS degree in Physics in 1986, MS degree in Electrical Engineering in 1990, and PhD in Physics in 2003, all from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

I don't know whether she is still active at NASA or has recently retired. She did recently appear on a panel with two retired NASA astronauts (also from MS&T) at the MS&T campus.

She has been interviewed on television, in particular recountering her experiences with long term weightlessness in space.

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