Former NASA astronauts speak with students at CBC

<p>Astronauts Speak</p>

Astronauts Speak

Two former NASA astronauts come to Pasco this morning to get students excited about Columbia Basin College's new planetarium that is opening tomorrow.

Charlie Duke and Story Musgrave spoke about the importance of getting a quality education to hundreds of students at CBC.

Duke was a pilot for Apollo 16 in 1972, when he became the tenth and youngest person to walk on the moon.

Musgrave has flown on six space missions, one of those was the first mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

This morning, the two former astronauts encouraged students to pursue their passions, and study new technology.

They say today's students will need to receive a strong education in math and science to make more discoveries in the coming decades.

"All of that that our generations did can encourage them and inspire them to look at the higher mountain that's out there in front of them, whether it be Mars, or whether it be deep sea, or whether it be whatever" said Duke.

Duke and Musgrave have been supporting the planetarium project for the past few years.

The public is invited to attend the grand opening ceremony for the planetarium tomorrow.

That starts at 10 AM at the college.

Educators at CBC are hoping to use the planetarium as an educational tool for students across our region.

The planetarium can seat up to 100 people - making it the largest planetarium / digital theatre in Washington state.