Local instructor on hand as NASA makes history

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An associate professor at Roane State Community College got a front row seat as NASA made history New Year’s Eve night.

The “New Horizons” spacecraft set a milestone. 

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Ted Stryk teaches philosophy and English at Roane State. He was asked by NASA to help analyze images sent back from the New Horizons spacecraft. 

So Stryk visited the applied physics lab at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. He was there when New Horizons flew by the most distant object ever visited by a spacecraft.

The fly-by was in an effort to learn more about an icy mini-world dubbed “Ultima Thule” in the Kuiper Belt. 

Stryk is still in Maryland. WATE 6 On Your Side spoke with him Tuesday night about how what he teaches in the classroom applies to the mission. 

“In philosophy, we look at why we’re here,” Stryk said. “What does it mean to be here…what does it mean to know things, and understand things and to bring the farthest reaches of what we can explore and to tell students about that and to give that perspective, really enhances the class.” 

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