Kelli Bender
December 20, 2013 11:55 AM

Connor Johnson has big dreams of becoming an astronaut, and is proving he’s ready to do whatever it takes to get to space.

Last week, the 6-year-old boy donated his piggy bank to NASA and launched a petition on the White House’s website to get the program more funding. Johnson’s spirit encouraged thousands to sign the petition and many to reach out.

One of those eager to talk to Johnson was Gene Cernan, the last astronaut to walk on the moon. After seeing a story about Johnson on KUSA-TV, Cernan called the boy on the anniversary of his moon landing.

“You got to dream about things that a lot of other people think you can’t do,” Cernan advised the 6-year-old. “Takes us to the moon. Take us to Mars.”

Cernan hopes his call to Johnson ensures that he won’t stay the last man to walk on the moon for much longer. Based on Johnson’s brief track record, we don’t think Cernan or NASA has anything to worry about.

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