CHILDREN were wide-eyed with surprise when they were told by an astronaut velcro was the most powerful thing in space.
American astronaut Professor Albert Sacco launched into space aboard Space Shuttle Columbia for a 16-day journey in 1995.
He was stationed at the Mount Beauty library yesterday as part of a school holiday program to entertain youngsters with his experiences.
Professor Sacco had an ulterior motive for telling his stories.
“I want to educate kids in regional towns about science and engineering,” he said.
“These days their role models are sport stars or detectives or other people they see on TV.”
Professor Sacco wanted to inspire the next generation to work to tackle challenges he expected the world to face in the future.
He visited the town in 2007 and was invited back this year by former kindergarten teacher Elene Wood.
“These rural places don’t get the same opportunities as people think they can hit more people in the city,” Professor Sacco said.
“I’m happy if I just reach one of those kids.”
“That could be the person to solve the energy crisis or be the first woman on Mars, you never know.”