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NASA Astronaut Visits Twin Falls

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By Brandon Redmond

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Stephen Bowen is a NASA astronaut. He spent Thursday in Twin Falls giving presentations at four Twin Falls schools and a free presentation to the public.

“I grew up my dad laid tile for a living back in Massachusetts so carrying buckets of cement was a highly motivating factor to do well in school,” said Stephen Bowen.

Bowen was invited to speak after Twin Falls High School Science Teacher Jo Dodds began working with astronomers as part of NASA’s Airborne Astronomy Ambassador’s Program.

“I’ve always been involved with astronomy education in one facet or another. Recently as about a year ago, I applied for a program called Sofia, which stands for Stratospheric Observatory Infrared Astronomy,” said Jo Dodds.

Public outreach is one part of the program. As part of her community outreach, Dodds requested a NASA astronaut come to Twin Falls.

Bowen is a mission specialist at NASA and he has completed three spaceflights and spent 40 days in space. His presentation at areas schools was much more than just his experiences at NASA.

“We’re here to talk to the students, mostly about school, how important education is. If you follow the right path, you actually have the opportunity to get the job of your dreams, regardless of what that is. Mine happened. I actually became an astronaut which was pretty amazing,” said Bowen.

Encouraging students to soar to new heights.


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