October 22, 2017

Life advice from a Fort Collins astronaut

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There’s a lot one can learn from an astronaut.

With their extensive scientific and physical training, they are practically walking Wikipedias on topics ranging from the effects of long-term weightlessness on people and other organisms to how stars are formed in the heavens.

But the first thing most people want to know about space travel is how someone goes to the bathroom, said Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, retired NASA astronaut and graduate of Fort Collins High School.

Metcalf-Lindenburger shared that and other important information with Poudre School District students Friday at the launch of a three-day camp that uses space exploration as a platform to get students interested in STEM — science, technology, engineering, and math.

Toss art into the mix and it becomes STEAM.

The “Go For Launch” program sponsored by the nonprofit Higher Orbits is designed to teach the importance of teamwork, communication and leadership.