Astronaut addresses students from space
The first astronaut of Puerto Rican heritage reached out Friday to schoolchildren on the hurricane-bashed island.
Flying aboard the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Joe Acaba fielded questions from students at the Puerto Rico Institute of Robotics in Manati.
One student asked how Puerto Rico looked from space after Hurricane Maria struck in September.
Acaba said the first thing he noticed was the lack of lights, making the island almost impossible to see at night.
A boy noted that after the hurricane, it was difficult for some Puerto Ricans to eat, given the limited variety of available food. Does Acaba find the limited space menu tough to swallow?
The menu, while pretty good, repeats every week or two and does get monotonous, Acaba said.
Of course, he said it doesn’t compare to such Puerto Rican specialties as pasteles, stuffed meat pastries wrapped in banana leaves popular around Christmas, and rice with pigeon peas and pork.
Acaba, a former schoolteacher, is to return to Earth at the end of February.