Teen joins space race


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Kaylee Martin

AN Aquinas stu­dent is one of just three Aus­tralians go­ing to Amer­ica to spend a week at the US Space and Rocket Cen­tre. Sal­ter Point res­i­dent Christo­pher Gallen was se­lected along­side South Aus­tralian stu­dent Abby Mather and Tasmanian teacher Drew Roberts as 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 at­tend­ing.

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 2 and com­pet­ing against my class­mates.

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

The trio flew to the US last week.

Christo­pher Gallen is one of three Aus­tralians off to the US Space and Rocket Cen­tre.

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