An astronaut from Central Illinois is trying to get high school students on the right course so they can launch their dreams. Former NASA Cmdr. Scott Altman, who is from Pekin, says he’s experienced some turbulence in his life, such as when he was told he was too tall to be an Air Force pilot or when he didn’t make the cut to be an astronaut on his first try. He says life’s setbacks shouldn’t keep students from shooting for the moon.
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“Always keep moving forward. Never give up,” Altman says. “You may not always end up where you thought you were going to but you’ll be surprised at where you can get to and how much you can enjoy the journey.” Altman teamed up with U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) and a former WNBA player to tell students how they became successful.