Space enthusiasts keyed for cosmic experience

Two Territory students are set to launch themselves into space-related engineering challenges, train as astronauts, and visit the International Space Station, the Moon or Mars.

Palmerston College scholars, Ella Hite and Krishi Patel, will travel to the U.S Space & Rocket Center for the adventure.

The college’s involvement in the 7 to 12 July Space Camp  followed a request from Northrop Grumman, an American aerospace and defence technology company.

Science teacher Sharon Every — who will accompany the students — selected the years 7 and 8 collegians because “they are near A standard students with a genuine interest in space”.

“Ella has an interest in the geology side of space, but Krishi has a broader interest in space and would love to be an astronaut and work for NASA,” she said.

“The girls have always been interested in space … for example, Krishi was very interested in how the recent image of the black hole was taken, whereas Ella wants to find out what the planets are made of.

“We are the first school in the Territory to be offered this opportunity, and one of only four schools in the nation whose students will attend Space Camp.”

Ms Every said the students are looking forward to their stay at the Alabama facility, and have been researching what life in the US state is like.

“I hope it will be a fantastic experience for the girls, and one they will share with Palmerston College and some of our neighbouring schools,” she said.

“And I hope I will gain enough knowledge to run professional development sessions about space and space-associated technology for Territory teachers.”

Left to right: Krishi Patel, Ella Hite, and Sharon Every.

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