Astronauts visiting Savanna

SAVANNA, Ill. (AP) — Former NASA astronauts will touch down at West Carroll High School in Savanna this weekend.

Starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, Robert Stewart and Daniel Brandenstein will talk about their experiences as astronauts, including what it is like to be in outer space, according to a press release.

The free event is open to the public.

Most of the program will involve the former astronauts answering questions from audience members. Questions can be submitted by email prior to the program at dengaldo@yahoo.com.

The program is part of a series of events to be held as part of the dedication event for the new $81 million Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge, which spans the Mississippi River from Savanna to Sabula. Gardner graduated from high school in Savanna and logged more than 2,300 hours flying time as a NASA astronaut in more than 20 different types of aircraft and spacecraft.

In addition, NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow traveling exhibit will be on display at the corner of Main Street and Murray Street from Friday to Sunday. The free exhibit focuses on space travel, including how aircraft operate and what life is like in space. Several artifacts, including a moon rock from the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission, will be on display.

At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, a dedication ceremony will be held at Marquette Park for the new bridge.