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What I Want to Be When I Grow Up: Astronaut

07/01/2019 11:32AM ● By Digital Media Director

When pursuing your dream, sometimes you have to shoot for the moon. That’s what Norah W., age 5; Jonathan M., age 6; Jaden M., age 13; and Bryleah J., age 7, are doing. The four kids want to be astronauts when they grow up.

 In the Washington Pavilion Kirby Science Discovery Center, the four kids met former NASA astronaut Christopher “CJ” Loria. CJ is the director at Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. CJ completed the schooling to become an astronaut but was unable to travel into space due to a back injury. He told the kids about his friends’ travels in space.

Jaden asked CJ what inspired him to become an astronaut. CJ said he wanted to be a fighter pilot growing up and he met an astronaut when he was in college, which interested him in becoming one. CJ told Bryleah his favorite part of being an astronaut is making a lot of great friends.

CJ said the kids will need at least a Master’s degree before they can take astronaut classes, which take place every two years. CJ’s favorite thing to learn was thermodynamics, but he encouraged the kids to study whatever they love because there are a variety of professionals who become astronauts, including engineers, doctors, and veterinarians.

CJ high-fived the kids and asked why they want to be astronauts. Norah wants to walk on the moon, and Jonathan wants to collect moon rocks for his rock collection.

CJ encouraged the kids to work hard to achieve their dreams.

“If I can do it, you can do it,” CJ said.

Jonathan M., age 6

Why do you want to be an astronaut?

            So I can get space rocks for my rock collection.

What will you do on your first mission?

            Bring the space dogs back to their owners (from the Space Buddies movie).

If you could go anywhere in space where would you go?

            To the Moon and Mars!

What was your favorite thing about meeting CJ and learning about being an Astronaut?

            It was really cool to be able to hold the hand of a REAL astronaut!

 Bryleah J., age 7 

Why do you want to be an astronaut? 

            So I can go to the moon.

What will you do on your first mission? 

            Probably eat something and go to the moon!

If you could go anywhere in space where would you go? 

            I’d go to Pluto.

What was your favorite thing about meeting CJ and learning about being an Astronaut? 

            Everything!

 

Norah W., age 5

 Why do you want to be an astronaut? 

I want to be on the moon. 

What will you do on your first mission? 

I will fly to space!

If you could go anywhere in space where would you go? 

The moon.

What was your favorite thing about meeting CJ and learning about being an Astronaut?

He said I can be a nurse AND an astronaut! He gave lots of high fives.

 

Jaden M., age 13  

Why do you want to be an astronaut? 

I want to be an astronaut because I really like space and I think it would be really cool to experience Micro-G.

What will you do on your first mission?    

If I become an astronaut, on my first mission I would like to go to Mars and be the first person to set foot on Mars.

 If you could go anywhere in space where would you go? 

I would go to Centauri-B.

What was your favorite thing about meeting CJ and learning about being an Astronaut? 

I liked it when he was talking about how the space suits worked and how it was like being inside of a balloon.