On Anniversary of Challenger Explosion

Tales of Space at Resnik CLC
Posted on 01/30/2020
Image of Astronaut Douglas Wheelock(Katie Byard for Ohio.com/Akron Beacon Journal)

An astronaut’s life isn’t all glamorous, Douglas Wheelock told students at Akron’s Judith A. Resnik elementary school.

“Astronauts wear diapers. It’s a secret, you can’t tell anybody,” he said to the giggling third- and fourth-graders.

Wheelock was at the school Tuesday, the 34th anniversary of the death of Akron astronaut Judith Resnik, the school’s namesake, to inspire students to work with their teachers to achieve more than they could alone and talk about space exploration.

Resnik was killed, along with six crew mates, on Jan. 28, 1986, when the Challenger space shuttle exploded moments after its launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Resnik attended Akron’s Fairlawn Elementary — rebuilt and named in her honor in 2006 — as well as Firestone High School.

On Tuesday, Wheelock used a basketball and a tennis ball to illustrate the power of students working with their teachers. It’s a fun lesson in physics, too, but Wheelock didn’t mention that. Read more at >>.

Image of Astronaut Douglas Wheelock
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