They want to fire up more kids like Qayl Maherali, 9, of Lawrenceville, who came with his dad Azeem and hopes to be an astronaut one day. They witnessed the last takeoff of the space shuttle Atlantis, visited the Alabama Space Center, seen other shuttles in museums in Washington, D.C. and New York City. Qayl has collected autographs from several astronauts, including the second man to walk on the moon—Buzz Aldrin.
Qayl hopes to be an astronaut one day and already knows a lot about space even though he has yet to travel there. The lack of gravity alters human taste buds, so a favorite food on earth may be disagreeable in the cosmos—and vice versa.
“Everybody in space loves shrimp,” said Qayl, “whether you like it on Earth or not.”