Astronaut visit his former Colorado high school

He credits his school with fostering his love of science and helping propel him to the great heights (literally) he achieved.

LAFAYETTE - With all the people at Jack Fischer's former high school, there is one person who has been waiting to meet him since last spring.

"I'm really excited. I really don't know how to describe it, so," said Mary Hanson, who just graduated from Centaurus High School and now attends the University of Colorado to study aerospace engineering.

Last spring, Fischer launched into orbit to take up residence in the International Space Station. While on board, he coincidentally worked on an experiment sent to the ISS by Hanson and other students from Centaurus.

"Bacteria grows a lot faster with no gravity and that could potentially be dangerous if there were a disease or something," Hanson said. "So, we were trying to figure out why it grows faster with no gravity."

Every time, Fischer would work on their project he made sure it was known in an out of this world display of school spirit by flying a Centaurus flag and wrapping the experiment in it.

"Everybody around the entire planet at every control center knew that I was working on Centaurus High School's experiment today," Fischer said. "Cause I was just so proud of this school and how much it's done and where it's gone."

He credits Centaurus with fostering his love for science and preparing him for his career.

"The fact that we had an experiment from Centaurus High School on the space station while I was there is just proof positive of the huge leaps that we're making right now," Fischer said.

After working indirectly with him for months, Hanson finally got to meet her astronaut face-to-face.

"So, him getting to work on the experiment that we worked on was really cool," Hanson said.

When he's not giving speeches or signing autographs, Fischer wants to make sure students from Centaurus High School know the sky is not the limit.

"This is a part of me. This is where I'm from," Fischer said. "It's kind of a chance to give them that inspiration just by showing them that I came from the same place."

The current students and teachers in the Engineering Program at Centaurus are still sifting through the data collected by Fischer on the International Space Station.

"I that that Centaurus students can do anything they want and like having an astronaut from Centaurus just further proves that," Hanson said.

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