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October 2, 2010 12:33 AM

Atwater boy's NASA dream takes flight

When NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery launches next month, Atwater's Robert Smith will hear the roar of the engines and feel the waves of vibration -- but he won't see a thing. Smith, a 9-year-old student at Elmer Wood School in Atwater, is legally blind. "He can still see shadows, and he's learned to read and write Braille, but this will be with him for the rest of his life," said Sylvia Nelson, principal at Elmer Wood.

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