Trip to NASA was out of this world
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