NASA astronaut visits patients at Riley

Dr. Serena Auñón (WISH Photo/Brett Bensley)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An Indiana native who will someday head into space spent some time with kids at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health on Monday.

Dr. Serena Auñón is a new astronaut who hopes to be on a mission soon.

Monday morning, she visited with young patients, helping them with some crafts and answering whatever questions they have about space.

“’How do you go to the bathroom and where are all of the aliens?’ But honestly, kids ask some of the best questions,” Auñón said. “They are very smart—they pay attention. They read, they know what is coming up. I have had kids this age ask about the Orion Spacecraft. We are doing a test flight this fall. They know we are flying with the Russians right now. They asked why did the space shuttle end, and where are we headed.”

The event at Riley is part of NASA’s Destination Station, a traveling campaign to raise interest and awareness about the International Space Station.

While she’s here, Dr. Auñón is also scheduled to throw out the first pitch at Tuesday’s Indianapolis Indians game. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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