NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr. met with students at the Gymnasium Tiergarten in Berlin on May 19 to talk about his experience in space and his work with NASA. Talking to a packed auditorium with approx. 250 students, Mr. Bolden shared fascinating photos and exciting stories of this space travels and of NASA’s various programs, including prospects for manned space flight to Mars. After the very lively 75-minute session which hardly left enough time for all of the students’ questions, Mr. Bolden left them with the advice to study hard and have no fear of failure.
Charles F. Bolden, Jr., who grew up in the South of the United States in modest circumstances, began his career as a pilot with the U.S. Marines. In 1980, he was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA. During his career as an astronaut, Bolden travelled to orbit four times, among others on board of the Columbia and Discovery space shuttles. In 2009, he was confirmed as the first African American to hold the highest office at NASA