ASTAnaut in Space!
Posted by Tall Ships America on May 15, 2009
It must be every child’s fantasy to either grow up to be an astronaut or have a parent that is one. In the latter case, no one wanted to go after Jason Williams during show and tell.
Jason was an intern with the American Sail Training Association during the 2005 TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Pacific Coast Race Series. His father, Flight Engineer Jeffrey N. Williams (COLONEL, USA, Ret.), was on NASA Expedition 13, and will be on the upcoming Expedition 21 (to launch in October 2009), on the International Space Station. During Expedition 13, Williams was the Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer. During the 182 days, 23 hours, and 44 minutes he spent on the station, two space walks were performed.
So, imagine ASTA’s surprise when we recieved this photo…
“During each flight, the families of any crew are given the option of flying small items; momentos, keepsakes, pins, etc. Having already flown my personal items in the May 2000 STS-101 flight, I wanted to fly something on behalf of ATSA, who, thanks to the organization, gave me the best summer of my life…” Jason Williams, June 21, 2006
We love our interns! To see who we have this year as part of the ASTA Summer Internship Program, check out MEET THE 2009 INTERNS! at the top of the page.