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'Columbus goes to Mars' as NASA visits the NIM

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – It's not every day that you get to speak with NASA employees and take part in rocket launches.

That's what happened Saturday as special guests from NASA's Kennedy Space Center visited the Chattahoochee Valley.

It's being called 'Columbus Goes to Mars,' organizers say it is a way to bring inspirational work of exploration to the Columbus area.

“We're just so excited to be a part of this,” said Lora Warren, Director of Education and Volunteers for the National Infantry Museum.

The National Infantry Museum was lit up with excitement as volunteers from NASA's Kennedy Space Center visited the Chattahoochee Valley.

“Among the many things that NASA is doing communicating what we're doing is a big part of that, and we also know that beyond communicating what we do, is helping to inspire and encourage the next generation who will take over for us someday,” said Joshua Santora, NASA Educational Specialist.

With that mindset, volunteers set to enlighten the minds of the young and old from the National Infantry Museum, Columbus Museum, and the Coca-Cola Space Science Center.

Providing fun and educational demonstrations, from Rocket launches, man-made parachutes, robotics, and educational seminars.

“Nothing more for me, as a physicist, the head of NASA, I want to inspire younger generations,” said Weiping Yu, NASA Physicist, and Aerospace Technologist.

Attendees were encouraged to visit for the full NASA experience. Organizers say this was the first time they held this event in the Columbus area, but they hope to have much more.

"Columbus Goes to Mars" marks the first-time NASA's Kennedy Space Center has delivered their community day program outside of their hometown of Titusville, Florida.

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