BECOMING an astronaut is no longer an unrealistic career option for 28 St Norbert College students who trained at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Advanced Space Academy in the US last month.
An intensive five-day course at the Space Academy was the highlight of a 16-day science, technology, engineering and maths tour, the first of its kind for St Norbert College students.
For the students – some of whom aspire to become astronauts one day – it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
“The trip was unlike any other, it was fun, and constantly had things happening, but most of all it was out of this world,” Year 12 student Jake Cummane said.
“I learnt a lot about space, such as how it is that we travel to space and survive, and also how it is that we intend to reach Mars.”
Fellow Year 12 student Jasmine Perkins said she felt privileged to be a part of the tour and was impressed by what she learnt.
“Prior to the trip, my knowledge of science and technology in space was limited and now I feel as though I could be interested in it as a career option,” she said.
For Year 11 student Seymour Gumba, having the opportunity to experience a vast range of activities in state-of-the-art facilities made the trip “unforgettable”.
“We learnt a lot about space history, space medicine, rocketry, the importance of each position in a mission, the Internal Space Station and all the space agencies around the world,” she said.
During the camp, the students built a rocket, took part in simulated space missions, and participated in astronaut training.