Matthew Reid of Haywards Heath recently attended Advanced Space Academy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center.
The week-long educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving.
Matthew was part of the Advanced Space Academy program, which is specifically designed for trainees who have a particular interest in space exploration. He spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
Once aboard the ISS, the crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extra-vehicular activity (EVA), or spacewalk. Matthew and crew returned to earth in time to graduate.
Matthew was awarded an Academic Scholarship meaning that the costs were covered by the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
Space Camp operates year-round in Huntsville, Alabama, and uses astronaut training techniques to engage trainees in real-world applications of STEM subjects. Students sleep in quarters designed to resemble the ISS and train in simulators like those used by NASA.
More than 750,000 trainees have graduated from Space Camp since its inception in Huntsville, Alabama in 1982, including STS-131 astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, European Space Agency astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti, and Kate Rubins, who launched to the ISS this summer.