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KUSA - We first introduced you to 6-year-old Connor Johnson back in November. He's the boy who was trying to save NASA by starting an online petition to increase funding. Our story went viral and the folks at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida decided they would encourage Connor's dreams. So, the center flew Connor and his parents to the Kennedy Space Center this weekend where he had a chance to train like a real astronaut. Connor also saw space vehicles and explored the future of space exploration

The Space Center Director and astronaut Robert Cabana gave Conner a bolt from the International Space Station. The center says they wanted to encourage Connor to never give up on his dreams.

Connor gave Cabana the money he collected on his own to save NASA. It amounted to 9 dollars and it's something the space center considers a down payment on Connor's future trip to Mars.

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