Shimla: The children of a Himachal Pradesh school have bagged a rare opportunity to visit the NASA space agency to acquire practical knowledge of space science and relish a first hand experience of space training. Nearly 60 students from Dalhousie Public School in Chamba district have been selected for the prestigious Science Engineering Programme at NASA Space Centre and Kennedy Space Centre for practical training in space science.

These students will undergo a 10-day applied training starting from December 10 in various aspects of space science. The students will also get a chance to interact with astronauts and scientists about their experiences in the space and discuss their queries during multiple sessions.

Dr GS Dhillon, Principal, Dalhousie Public School informed, “60 students of Class VI to Class X accompanied by four teachers will depart from Delhi for United States on December 9.”

The students will get atypical opportunity of crawling in a space tunnel which they would savor as a unique life time experience.

During their NASA voyage, the experts will provide them with in-depth knowledge of scientific and technical aspects of assembling a space shuttle, training of the astronauts and the landing process of a space craft.
According to Dhillon, the students will be divided into four teams on reaching Houston: Red, Blue, White and Silver in junior and senior category.

Moreover, the students will get an opportunity to experience weightlessness in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory to get a taste of the actual space experience.

They will also be given a chance to try their hands on designing rocket ships and Mars rover and launching them in the space.

On the last day of the trip, the students will be awarded certificates by the Kennedy Space Centre. After their NASA stint, they will also have the opportunity to visit the White House, Universal studio, Hollywood studio, New York and Disney land.

JPN/Bureau