Killeen: Astronaut lands at local elementary school

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) An astronaut with four space shuttle missions under his belt landed at a Killeen elementary school Tuesday.

As part of space week, former NASA astronaut, Don Thomas, stopped by West Ward elementary Tuesday afternoon to speak to fourth and fifth graders about his career.

During his four shuttle missions, he spent a total of 44 days in space, orbiting Earth 692 times.

His mission now is to inspire students to work hard for their goals.

“Whatever you’re learning I always encourage them to do their best. I tell them it takes time. I dreamed of going into space when I was 6 but the first time I launched into space I was 39. That was 33 years later so it took me a long time to get there and a lot of hard work in-between but it was so worth it in the end,” Thomas said.

Thomas also gave awards to students who go above and beyond in showing kindness and respect to others.