NASA To Send Astronaut For Walkway Over The Hudson Program

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — There will be extra star power at the next “Starwalk” event at the Walkway Over the Hudson. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, announced Tuesday that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has agreed to send an astronaut to the Sept. 7 educational “Starwalk” event.

“A bona fide hero, NASA astronaut’s attendance will help launch the ‘Starwalk’ program into a new galaxy and will create an out-of-this-world experience for those who participate,” Schumer said.

“Starwalk” is an astronomically themed program designed to be fun, educational and interactive for beginner and advanced stargazers alike.

Open and fee to the public, “Starwalk” offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the stars and for the community to enjoy the staggering horizon-to-horizon view of the night sky on the Walkway Over the Hudson.

“Not only will this inspire a new generation of scientists in the Hudson Valley, it also builds on NASA’s commitment to education and scientific research,” Schumer said.

The Walkway Over the Hudson State Park spans the Hudson River from Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County to Highland in Ulster County. It opened in October 2009 and is the longest pedestrian bridge in the world.

Photo credit: Michael Woyton/Patch Staff.

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