NASA astronaut in Dallas to inspire future space explorers

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A new interactive, multimedia exhibit is in town this week at the Dallas Arboretum. NASA’s Destination Station exhibit is an outreach effort to inspire and educate the public about the International Space Station.

The exhibit is full of educational videos and artifacts, including the moon rock returned to Earth during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972.

Navy Captain and Astronaut Chris Cassidy was the 500th person in history to fly into outer space. He's in with the traveling exhibit. He talked to Good Day about the new generation of astronauts.

“NASA is going to Mars. That’s the goal. That’s where we’re going as a country with our space program. But it’s not going to be me as an astronaut going to Mars. It’s going to be ones we’re talking to at the arboretum. That generation, somebody in second grade right now or maybe a little older will be riding in a rocket t Mars and keeping those missions alive in the future,” Cassidy said.

On Wednesday, NASA’s mobile Destination Station exhibit will be in the Children’s Garden at the arboretum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be presentations at the Exploration Center at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.