Houston area PAX international exchange students learn about space at NASA
Houston area PAX students visiting NASA

Dreaming Big at NASA

People are big dreamers. Throughout human history, we have looked at the sky and wondered what is out there. If you want to achieve something, you need to work hard and believe in yourself. “There is no easy way from the earth to the stars”—we can apply these words to our everyday lives.

I have always been interested in space, science, and math. When you are interested in something, you try to find as much information as you can. For most people the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “space” is NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). If you learn about it, you will find that the biggest part of NASA is concentrated in Houston, Texas.

I was with the group of exchange students who visited Johnson Space Center. Many space missions were controlled here: Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle, and many others. Apollo missions are famous, because they were the first astronauts to land on the moon. And we all know the quote, “Houston, we’ve had a problem here,” from the Apollo 13 mission. We felt how awesome space and science are.

People can create unbelievable things when they cooperate together. We visited Christopher C. Kraft Jr. Mission Control Center. I had seen this place only in the movies before this exchange year. I got the chance to see the most powerful rocket—Saturn V. At the end we got some souvenirs. These all impressed and inspired me so much! Thank you, PAX for the new experience. This event made one of my dreams come true!

—Bohdan (FLEX, Ukraine), hosted by the Tu family (TX)