Two NE Students complete thrilling week at NASA

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Itanagar, July 29: The students of the North Eastern region of India have not left any stone unturned in the field of education. Two students from Nagaland have successfully completed an International Space Camp (ISC) at the US Space and Rocket Center (USSRC), Huntsville, USA.

Mezong Jamir, a class XI boy and Khriesetuonuo Solo, a class XII girl of the Livingstone Higher Secondary School, Dimapur, spent a thrilling week (17-24 July, 2015) at Alabama, one of NASA’s five Marshall Space Flight Centers, where they trained in all kinds of routines just like an astronaut does. The students were accompanied by their teacher-educator Andrew Ahoto Sema.During the week-long programme trainees are exposed to challenging tasks that include underwater Scuba-based microgravity, multi-axis simulation that test both of their mental and physical ability, news agency The Arunachal Times reported.

Lalhnuna Hauhnar, who has been designated as the Space Camp Ambassador, has initiated this programme in the Northeast to encourage high school aged students as well as teachers to experience ‘a space-life environment’. The students also learn space science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“This is an experience of a life time, which does not come so easily even if you have all the money,” says Hauhnar, who had also attended such camp. “The students are chosen after a thorough interview and personality test.”

The course is self-funded, part of which is subsidized by the US Space Center to encourage foreign students. Each year, hundreds of students and trainees from all over the world join the international space camp for a week of fun-filled hands-on drills and activities. So far as many as 35 countries participated in the camp since the program was launched in 1990.

Beside this international camp which is a scheduled annual event where only two students and a teacher can participate, the USSRC also encourages a larger group of students from any country to visit the center.

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