GALLERY: U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visits Johnson Space Center

DeVos admires a spacesuit with NASA interns.

DeVos admires a spacesuit with NASA interns.

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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.
By Jake Magee

Editor, Bay Area & Pearland/Friendswood

Jake has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper. Today, he covers everything from aerospace to transportation to flood mitigation.