Ahmed Mohamed Attends White House Astronomy Night with Obama (VIDEO)

Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama told dozens of students gathered on the South Lawn of the White House Monday night that they could be the ones participating in the first missions to Mars within the next two decades.

CPAFMKrUkAABI2aAmong the guests Monday was Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas teenager arrested
for bringing his homemade clock to school where it was mistaken for a bomb.

The president hosted students, teachers, astronomers, engineers and space enthusiasts from across the country for the second-ever White House Astronomy Night. Obama joined the attendees in stargazing through a high-powered telescope, holding genuine space artifacts and meeting the nation’s top scientists and astronauts.

We need to inspire more young people to ask about the stars, and begin that lifetime quest to become the next great scientist, or inventor, or engineer, or astronaut.” —President Obama announcing new commitments to STEM education on ‪#‎AstronomyNight‬: go.wh.gov/AstroNight

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