On Friday, October 16, Merrymount Elementary School students had a visit from retired Astronaut and United States Navy Captain Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper. As an Astronaut, Captain Stefanyshyn-Piper flew in two Space Shuttle missions and performed six space walks. Captain Stefanyshyn-Piper was also an expedition commander of the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, a program for studying human survival in an underwater laboratory in preparation for future space exploration.
Captain Stefanyshyn-Piper’s message to Merrymount students was to work hard and figure out what you love to do. If you don’t reach your goal the first time keep trying and never give up on your dream. Students had the opportunity to ask some great questions. Hopefully some future astronauts and engineers were inspired by her visit to Merrymount!