April 23, 2012
-- Riverside, CA – Students at the Flabob Airport Preparatory School had a Thursday worth remembering. They were able to pose questions to astronaut Don Pettit, aboard the International Space Station, who gave informative answers that were often laced with humor. The interview lasted about ten minutes, while the ISS passed from horizon to horizon.
A total of 12 students were poised with 17 questions that had been written out and voted on by students in grades 7 thru 12. They got answers to 16 of them before the Station orbited out of range. All 120 kids were in the EAA Chapter One Hangar when the event occurred. They were joined by approximately 200 adults, including the mayor, city council members and other local dignitaries.
“This was another historic day at Flabob,” said Bill Sawin, President of The Wathen Center, which owns the airport and middle/high school. “The energy level in the Chapter One Building was phenomenal. The students were flawless in their inquiries and the audience was spellbound. The questions that were asked were intelligent and drew great answers. It was an inspirational event.”
For more information on the Wathen Center visit www.Flabob.org.