NASA’s good deed circumnavigated the globe after the agency helped a British schoolboy with his homework. Lucas Whiteley, a four-year-old space-mad is over the moon after an engineer from the agency produced a 10-minute video in which he answered three questions the boy asked via a video created with the help of his father. Lucas was filmed by his dad, James Whiteley asking three questions and, after a three-week wait, the answer arrived.
NASA not only answered the boy’s questions, but transformed its reply into a good deed that British schoolboy Lucas will probably always remember as the day the agency helped him with his homework. One of the agency’s engineers, Ted Garbeff sent the four-year a video in which he offered answers to Lucas’ questions and a tour of his workplace, Ames Research Center in California. Garbeff showed Lucas and his colleagues the space shuttle models he had and transformed NASA’s complicated work into a child’s play.
Passion Knows No Age
Although he is only fours years old, Lucas Whiteley is passionate about Space and, with a little help from his father, he took his most ardent questions to the U.S. space agency’s public website. Dad James recorded his son while asking NASA “How many stars are there?,””Who came second and third in the race to the moon?” and “Have any animals been sent to the moon?,” and waited for a reply.
After three weeks of waiting, Ted Garbeff, one of the agency’s engineers sent Lucas a reply, but neither the boy, not the father expected such an elaborate answer.
“When I was a kid I wrote to NASA and got a brochure, so I thought we might be lucky if we sent a video of Lucas asking questions,” James Whiteley told the Daily Mail.
An Unexpected Reply
After the British schoolboy sent his questions to the agency, the video was passed to NASA engineer Ted Garbeff, whose good deed circumnavigated the globe, thanks to his unique method of helping Lucas with his homework.
In a video addressed to the four-year-old boy and his school friends, Garbeff offered a tour of his California workplace and answered Lucas’ questions with sound examples, using the amount of sand grains to explain how many stars there are. He talked about Laika, the first animal to go in space and left no question unanswered.
In the end, Garbeff told Lucas and his friends that he “had to work really hard in school” and he expressed his wish to maybe see the pupils “up in space” someday.
“This was super fun to make, especially since Lucas had such great questions,” Garbeff said.
Lucas’ father was deeply impressed with NASA’s unique reply and told Yorkshire Evening Post that Lucas “had a big smile on his face” while watching the video.
Last year, the agency replied to a seven-year-old, Dexter, who expressed his wish to fly to Mars. The letter urged him to continue “reaching for the stars” and included stickers and photos that promised to keep his interest vivid until he is big enough to make his dream come true.
NASA did a British schoolboy a kindness who needed help with his homework, and the agency’s good deed immediately attracted people’s sympathy.
By Gabriela Motroc