(WJBK) – A proud 1983 Lake Orion high school graduate grabbed the stars – and got there.
NASA astronaut Drew Feustal is on the International Space Station. Using technology, he returned to Earth to inspire students about science.
"Everyone is like heaven is the limit," said Lake Orion disciple Samuel Gdowski. "Now heaven is not the limit – you can go beyond that."
This was a non-life week for Samuel Gdowski. He talked one-on-one with his countryman Dragon Drew Feustal from space.
Samuel had to ask, "How did your time at Lake Orion High School Dragon prepare you for this mission?"
"Well, Sam, what it taught me was that I had to try to do better," he said. "I wrestled a bit in high school and did not do it as well as I liked it, and I realized early, shortly after my time, that if I wanted to achieve some fantastic goals, I should become like an astronaut had to do it better. "
Feustal put on his Lake Orion colors and even turned into his Oakland Community College shirt in between. Drew Feustal beamed with pride for his alma mater.
Berenice Carrillo could also as a question Drew Feustal's partner in space, Ricky Arnold.
"I asked what he missed most about Earth except the friends and family," she said.
"Weather," he said, "I think that's pretty easy, just the sound of thunder, the smell of ozone from the flash, the breeze on your face."
The administrators were as excited as the students to make this extraterrestrial experience.
"The students were hypnotized," said Kyle Meteyer. Lake Orion Associate Principal "No one was on their cell phones and when they were, they were chirping about what was happening right now and there.
" And the students were really there, especially the students who had to ask the questions. They talked to someone 250 miles above the ground and they answered their questions as if they were in front of them. "
Beyond the weather and the notes, when someone outside the world we know has a fireside chat, the conversation has to go deep.
The hope of the hometown hero for humanity goes like this:
" We must learn to live from planet Earth. I think that's important to us, "Feustal said. I think if you look at the history of our planet, the changes and the fact that the dinosaurs are not here anymore are a challenge for us. "
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