Stars in her eyes

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - STREET WATCH -

A CURTIN Univer­sity ge­ol­ogy stu­dent will study in­ter­stel­lar dust with NASA af­ter be­ing se­lected for a three-month in­tern­ship at the John­son Space Cen­tre in Hous­ton in Texas.

Ni­cole Nevill, of Seville Grove, is cur­rently study­ing a PhD in ap­plied ge­ol­ogy and will head to Hous­ton in June to re­search whether there is a link be­tween in­ter­stel­lar or­ganic com­pounds and the ori­gin of life it­self.

Ms Nevill said the in­tern­ship was an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity and she was hon­oured to be se­lected to con­trib­ute to the up­com­ing re­search pro­ject with NASA.

“I have al­ways been fas­ci­nated with the con­cept of space, and the mys­ter­ies and chal­lenges that sur­round it, so when the in­tern­ship with NASA came up it seemed like a once-ina-life­time op­por­tu­nity,” Ms Nevill said.

Ms Nevill is cur­rently study­ing pri­mor­dial com­po­nents in prim­i­tive me­te­orites at Curtin, which can de­ter­mine the early for­ma­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment, evo­lu­tion­ary pro­cesses and the for­ma­tion of our so­lar sys­tem. She was also awarded the Vic­to­rian Space Sci­ence Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre-NASA Aus­tralian Space Prize for top plan­e­tary sciences hon­ours in Aus­tralia for ge­ol­ogy.

Curtin stu­dent Ni­cole Nevill is tak­ing off to NASA to un­der­take re­search.

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