Space, the final frontier. For most, it's just a dream, but for some, a reality. And if you can't go yourself, the next best thing is meeting someone who has been there. Eight year old Madison Stayonovich got to do just that.
Madison is from Shawnee and won a chance to have lunch with astronaut, Colonel Gregory Johnson. Johnson piloted the Space Shuttle Endeavor on two missions and worked on the International Space Station, working the robotic arm on both. Madison was a winner in a contest for the most interesting question that you would ask an astronaut.
With Friday being the 43rd anniversary of Wapakoneta native Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon, the lunch was held at his boyhood home, now owned by Karen Tullis. Johnson will be in Wapak through Saturday morning as part of the Summer Moon Festival, where he will be part of the opening ceremonies of the Run to the Moon 5-K Race, as he will fire the starting gun. The race starts at 8 am.