Teen joins space race
AQUINAS STUDENT IS OFF TO US ROCKET CENTRE
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.