Rick Mastracchio’s reputation may be for his work in outer space, but this week the astronaut proved to a group of Waterbury students that he is down to earth.
The Waterbury native, who attended Chase Elementary and Crosby High schools, returned to the Brass City to share his experiences at the International Space Station and demonstrate how hard work can pay off. A host of local dignitaries, teachers, police officers, relatives, and students were on hand to greet the astronaut who has become a high profile celebrity in the Brass City’s Schools.
“I love talking to the kids, I love talking about NASA,” Mastracchio said as students surrounded him. Dressed in a royal blue NASA jumpsuit adorned with patches from his space missions, Mastracchio happily greeted all who waited to speak with him, both young and old. Read more