Wednesday 13 December 2017

Students need maths to reach for the stars

BUDDING astronauts be warned -- you need good maths and science results to get in to space.

NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough yesterday stressed the importance of both subjects during his three-day visit to Ireland as part of World Space Week.

Speaking at the University if Limerick, the Texan-born astronaut described his 16-day mission on the space shuttle Endeavour in 2008, during which he performed two space walks lasting almost 13 hours.

Endeavour returned to Earth after completing 250 orbits, travelling more than six million miles.

"It was just spectacular. It was phenomenal to look back at our planet and see what a beautiful place we have to live in," the astronaut recalled.

The father of three also told how it was his childhood dream to travel to space.

"I grew up watching the men walking on the moon back in the day and that really inspired me to want to be an astronaut," he said.

Irish Independent

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