Edwards students write to NASA
July 16, 2010
EDWARDS, Colorado – The pre-kindergarten class at the Family Learning Center was “outraged” to find that Pluto is no longer considered a planet, so the students wrote a letter to NASA to share their concerns.
Their teacher, Jennifer Girard, wrote down the comments and sent them to NASA, along with the students’ drawings of Pluto.
The students were thrilled when NASA responded to their letter thanking them for the pictures of Pluto. NASA’s letter also told the students their thoughts and ideas about furthering space exploration are important.
Dear Solar System,
Pre-K wants Pluto back in its spot. May we please give Pluto back its spot as a planet, because it’s silver, really pretty and cute. Also because it’s a little baby, the smallest one. Just because it’s different, we don’t need to kick it out. All planets are different. It doesn’t matter, every planet is different, so we want Pluto back.
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On behalf of NASA, thank you for the picture of Pluto, the dwarf plant. NASA wants you to know that your thoughts and ideas to further space exploration are important, and we hope that you will continue to learn all you can about NASA’s space programs, missions and accomplishments. Just think – in a few years, you could be one of the pioneers that may help lead America’s activities for better understanding of our earth and for exploring space.
Below are websites that contain resourceful information about NASA’s space programs and activities. If you or your school does not have a computer that can connect with the Internet, perhaps you can visit a local library and use one of their computers.
• Web site http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/index.html has NASA-related resources and information for students in kindergarten through the fourth grade.
• Web site http://www.spacecamp.com/spacecamp has program information on the U.S. Space Camps. These programs are for you and your teachers.
• Web site http://www.spaceflight.nasa.gov/outreach/jobsinfo/astronaut.html has information that you may find interesting on how to become an astronaut.
Again, your interest in NASA and America’s space program is appreciated. NASA wishes you every success in earning good school grades and encourages you to keep reaching for the stars!
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