By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class
Cassidy participated in two space missions to the ISS, and has spent a total of about six months in space.
After graduating from the
When asked about going to the moon, he said he would love the opportunity, and to test the Orion spacecraft there before they take it to Mars or an asteroid.
Cassidy is still on active duty status in the
"One of the main reasons I am able to go to space is because of the
Approximately 180 parents and children showed up to the event, exploring the mobile exhibit, where they were able to touch a moon rock, put on astronaut gloves and helmets, and feel the vibrations of a shuttle launch.
"I want to be an astronaut and see all the stars and planets," said one 8-year-old. "It was fun, and I loved it, and someday I want to fly a spaceship." Cassidy is hopeful that he is a small part of inspiring the kids he talked to today to be the astronauts leading a mission to Mars or beyond in the future.
"I love it! I feel extremely privileged that I am able to positively influence kids," said Cassidy. "Occasionally I get to go to space and still be on active duty in the
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