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Valley astronaut wants to encourage kids to dream big

PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Valley resident and retired NASA astronaut Dr. Edward Gibson wants to encourage kids to learn more about space exploration.

He will be one of the astronauts speaking at the "Evening with Astronauts" at the Challenger Space Center in Peoria Friday evening.

Gibson was onboard Skylab 4 back in 1973 for 84 days. He held the record for the longest time spent in space for 21 years.

He said after being in space for 2 1/2 months, a few things took some getting used to once they landed back on Earth.

"Immediately it was gravity because we were not used to having our body having to hold itself up and it felt like we had lead weights tied all over," said Gibson.

Gibson will talk more about his experiences as an astronaut along with NASA astronaut Richard Linnehan Friday, Feb. 21.

The event is free and it's first come, first serve.

The presentation is held in cooperation with the Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge, where students compete, using their knowledge of space technology.

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