U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on June 5 made a stop at the Johnson Space Center as part of a tour to learn how local education leaders and employers are closing skills gap between workers and in-demand jobs.
Center officials took DeVos through the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility, which includes replicas of space shuttles and International Space Station modules astronauts use to train for spaceflight.
During her tour, DeVos walked through ISS mockups, sat inside a replica of the Orion Spacecraft, signed a space vehicle hatch, tried on the glove from a spacesuit, and met and spoke with interns and NASA personnel, including Serena Auñón-Chancellor, an astronaut who came back to Earth in December after spending six months aboard the ISS.
Part of DeVos’ tour included a visit to Mission Control, where she got to speak live to astronauts aboard the ISS. She spent the morning at S&B Engineers and Constructors’ Craft Education and Skills Enhancement Center in Baytown to learn about a welding apprenticeship program.