Trip to NASA was out of this world

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A pupil at a Ruther­glen school is hop­ing to fol­low the ex­am­ple of Bri­tish as­tro­naut Tim Peake and play his part in space ex­plo­ration.

Thomas Scally, a sixth year pupil at Trin­ity High, spent a week at the Space Cen­tre in Hous­ton, Texas.

Thomas (17) was se­lected for Scot­tish Space School through a Strath­clyde Univer­sity sum­mer school.

His week in­volved a tour of the space cen­tre and he also took part in var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties based around engi­neer­ing but with a space theme.

Hav­ing now re­turned home, Thomas says look­ing back on the week “makes the ag­o­nis­ing long­ing to re­turn grow even stronger.”

He added: “I learned so much, met some amaz­ing peo­ple and vis­ited ex­tra­or­di­nary places. It really was out of this world.”

Dur­ing the week, Thomas at­tended a din­ner at the home of Rick Scheur­ing, a NASA flight sur­geon.

Guests in­cluded NASA en­gi­neers, sci­en­tists and as­tro­nauts.

Thomas said: “The evening pro­vided a great op­por­tu­nity to pick their brains in an in­for­mal en­vi­ron­ment.

“We got some great ca­reer ad­vice and gained some tips as to how we too could one day work for NASA.

“There were other teenagers in at­ten­dance and this al­lowed us to dis­cuss

Proud teacher Thomas on his re­turn with head teacher Peter Bollen

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