BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With Maine native and Astronaut Chris Cassidy on his second mission to space, several educational programs are capitalizing on his success to get kids interested in space again.
One of those is the Challenger Learning Center in Bangor. They held their fourth annual Space Day open house Tuesday afternoon with the focus being on Cassidy's mission to the International Space Station, as well as what it would be like for kids to be in his shoes. They did that through several displays and demonstrations that attracted over 50 kids to the event. According to the Center's Education Director, Jennifer Therrien, many of those youngsters came with a curiosity and interest that has her hoping the future of space travel in the United States will be a bright once again.
"It's always great to watch kids," said Therrien. "I've been working here for over 7 years, but it's always new because the kids always bring a level of excitement to the program."
This years guest speaker was aerospace educator, Brian Ewenson. The former Astronaut trainer worked for NASA for 15 years, until the shuttle program ended in 2011. Through the young people he spoke with on Tuesday, he's hoping that the program will eventually launch space shuttles again in the future.
"Really what we're out there trying to do is inspire our nation to reach for the stars," said Ewenson.