NASA astronaut lands at local elementary school for World Water Day


NASA astronaut, Ricky Arnold, has gone on missions into space, but on Friday he landed at Glenallan Elementary School for World Water Day.

More than 300 students gathered around Arnold to hear about his two trips to the International Space Station. 

He says the trips gave him a deeper appreciation for water and water conservation.

Arnold explained the high cost and heavy weight of bringing water on board that demands astronauts to reuse water as much as possible.

Students also walked over to Brookside Gardens for hands-on activities that highlight just how valuable the resource is right here on Earth.

“It’s like for your life. If there’s no water, like we can die,” explained third-grade student, Yosif Ali-Ahmad.

“I want them thinking about the fact that we live on a spaceship. Earth is a spaceship and we’re sharing the same water, we’re all sharing the same air and we’re all sharing the same resources. We need to think about every day how we impact that limited resource that we have, particularly something as precious as water,” Arnold explained.

Maryland-native, Ricky Arnold, recently returned from six months on board the International Space Station.

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