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Stamford Family Shares Out of This World Heritage

STAMFORD, Conn. — When Stamford kindergartner Myles Maxfield was asked to make a presentation about his family’s heritage, he and his father, Jim, showed up at Rogers International School dressed as an astronaut and his technician. They taught Myles’ class about the space shuttle program.

NASA and the space program have been a part of the Maxfield family since the 1960s, when Jim’s grandfather, J.R. Maxfield Jr., was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson to be chairman of the Nuclear Advisory Board for NASA, said an email from Rosemary Maxfield, Jim’s wife and Myles’ mother.

In the role with the space organization he helped support the sciences and raise funds for the program, her email said. Before joining NASA , Maxfield was a doctor and pioneer in nuclear medicine and cancer treatments. When he died, his ashes were released in space for his dedication to the program.

The two Maxfields explained how a shuttle launches, what astronauts eat in space and other information about the space program.

Myles hopes to continue the family’s ties to NASA and become an astronaut himself someday. The presentation Wednesday was part of teacher Allison Lambo’s curriculum on the world and all of the cultures in it, the email said.

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