Aquinas student blasting off to US Space and Rocket Center


Aquinas College student Christopher Gallen said this trip would be a dream come true.
Aquinas College student Christopher Gallen said this trip would be a dream come true.

AN Aquinas student will be one of just three Australians to travel to the USA and spend a week at the US Space & Rocket Center.

Salter Point resident Christopher Gallen was selected alongside South Australian student Abby Mather and Tasmanian teacher Drew Roberts to be the only Australian representatives at the International Space Camp in Alabama.

The trio will take on challenges including simulated space missions, rocket launches and stepping into the shoes of an astronaut.

The annual invitation only camp encourages international co-operation, with students and educators from at least 20 countries.

Christopher said space and the amazing physics and forces acting in the universe had always fascinated him.

“To get the chance to experience what it is like to work as an astronaut or aerospace engineer with world leading technology is a dream come true,” he said.

“I have always loved science and I even remember the joy of building little rockets in year two and competing against my classmates.

“I plan to study engineering at university and have often thought of specialising in aerospace.”

The Australian representatives will fly to the US from Sydney tomorrow.