Former NASA Astronaut speaks at AWC

YUMA, Ariz. – A former NASA astronaut visits Arizona Western College to speak to students about his space experience and to motivate them about their education.

Mike Foreman is a retired NASA astronaut who has been encouraging students across the nation to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees.

“In recent years, I think we have seen a dip in the number of students going into those fields so we like to get the word out and promote that, I’m aerospace engineer by education so I like to promote that see I’m an engineer and I get to work at NASA, so see they’re are great jobs in this field,” Foreman said.

Foreman may have been out of this world, but has Yuma beginnings.

“This is my second time in Yuma so when I was a test pilot, I flew from Yuma a couple times many years ago, 22 years, I think it was a lot smaller city back then,” Foreman said.

Students ranging from middle school to college filled the room, inspired by the hard work, determination, and the aim for the stars.

“Being an astronaut would be really fun and would be cool to discover things in outer space,” said one student.

“When I was really little I really really liked space and would have a whole bunch of books about them and stuff like that,” a student says.
“It’s so awesome that we get to experience someone like this especially for someone who has been to space, I mean not many people have been to outer space and that’s really cool,” a student said.

For a selected few, we can only imagine how our home must look like from above.

“It’s great it’s awesome, it’s so cool to look down on the earth from space and see the planets, all the beautiful colors and also to be floating around in micro gravity from the space station from the space shuttle,” Foreman said.

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