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"It's really an experience, Young Astronauts," said Himani Narayan. "We've been waiting since kindergarten, we've looked up to fifth graders, so it's really nice to be a hero or a role model.

The astronauts have landed back at Columbus Magnet School once again and this time for the school's the 20th year. 

"It's actually bittersweet because as happy as I am for all these kids, they're leaving, they go off to Middle School and I'm going to miss them," said Andy Pearce, Young Astronauts Commander in Chief.  

The Infinite Vision crew, made up of twenty fifth graders and their commander in chief completed another successful mission in space travel simulation Friday through the Young Astronauts program. Parents, teachers and local leaders joined the crew in its final countdown to earth. 

"You are the future," said Arthur Perchino. "We're going to look to you to make those S.T.E.M. principals really happen." 

"Whatever it is you do is possible," said Columbus Magnet School principal Emily Lopez. "When you  think that it might not be possible, it's never impossible. You just have to use all of the tools that you have in thinking to make it happen." 

"The coordination and the mission seemed so real, that I actually believed they were landing," said Mayor Harry Rilling. "And I was so relieved what it touched down and I knew you were all safe."

The two-day mission allowed students to stay overnight at school. This year marks 20th Anniversary Columbus Magnet School has sponsored the Young Astronauts program, which was first established at the school by Arthur Perchino.  

"I went to the superintendent of schools to see if he would grant us to sleep over one night in the school and he looked at me kind of crazy," said Perchino. "When I explained the mission to him he realized it would be a great opportunity and said yes, we'll go ahead with that."  

"This is my 12th mission and I love all the kids I've had in the past," said Pearce. "A lot of them came back today. It makes me so happy, so proud."  

"We ran into a few problems, but teamwork is everything, so we really had each other's backs and we were working together," said Narayan. 

"The lights went dark, we had to figure it out, we had a special journal," said another student.  

The crew was also joined through video chat by Tufts University Professor Robert Gonsalves, who is also known for his work fixing technicalities on the Hubble Telescope. 


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