Cosmonaut Alexander Poleschuk and Astronaut Paolo Nespoli visited Steilacoom on Sept. 17 as part of the 21st annual Planetary Congress in Seattle this past week. The duo, and their translator, enjoyed a tour of Steilacoom in between speaking engagements.
By Nancy Covert
Steilacoom‚ÄîWhat’s one quality that all adventurers have in common?
“To boldly go where no man has gone before‚Ä¶”
That signature phrase, popularized in the 1970s TV adventure, by Capt. James T. Kirk, ‘captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise,’ applies to adventurers from the days of Heceta, Juan de Fuca, Charles Cook, George Vancouver, the French voyageurs‚Ä¶down through the present to men such as space voyagers Alexander Poleschuck and Paolo Nespoli.
You may not know much about the latter explorers , but at 6 p.m. at Steilacoom High School, on Wednesday, Sept. 17, parents, students, space fans and others, have an opportunity to meet them and learn about their adventures .
The men are two of hundreds of space travelers visiting Washington State between Sept. 14-20where they’re taking part in the ASE 21st Planetary Congress meeting in Seattle. As part of this year’ session, hosted by the Boeing Museum of Flight, visiting astronauts and cosmonauts from around the world also will visit with Washington school students that day.
While the space voyagers will visit students in the Steilacoom Historical School District during the day (with visits planned at Pioneer, Chloe Clark and Saltar’s Point schools), their visit also includes an evening talk at Steilacoom High School.
“Please join us for this exciting opportunity to hear from a pair of men who’ve truly ‘slipped the bounds of earth,’ invites Dr. Art Himmler, Superintendent of Steilacoom Historical School District No. 1.
The program is complimentary, and everyone is invited to meet these special visitors.
For more information please phone 983-2200.