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Houston Texans’ star JJ Watt surprises Ellen Ochoa

May 8, 2018

If pictures are worth a thousand words, the expression we didn’t get to see on NASA Johnson Space Center Director Ellen Ochoa’s face when JJ Watt came to call is easily an infinite number more.

JJ Watt surprises Ellen Ochoa
Image courtesy of the NASA Johnson Instagram account.
The star Texans player surprised Ochoa for her birthday and upcoming retirement, and also took in the sights—and some of the activities—Johnson has at its disposal in advancing human space exploration. While Watt may never be able to shrink down to the size necessary to ride in compact spacecraft, he did an admirable impression of someone training for a space-faring mission. (ARGOS, anyone?)

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