NASA recruits NFL football players for space-y internships

Ten NFL football players are officially part of the NASA family after completing internships at the space agency. 

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Joshua Dobbs and New York Giants players Eric Smith, an offensive lineman, and Chris Peace, a linebacker, along with seven other NFL players recently reached for the stars when they decided to head to NASA as part of the NFL Players Association externship program.

In February, the players spent some time at a variety of NASA facilities. Smith and Peace spent three days at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston while Dobbs spent close to three weeks at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida working on the agency’s Exploration Ground Systems Program, which supports the assembly and transport of rockets. With a degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Tennessee, Dobbs had a serious leg up at the space agency. 



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