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Kelsie makes space program

Monday, 14th May, 2018

(From left) Production manager Linton Smith, student Kelsie Mitchell, Principal Ross Mackay and mine manager Clayton Trengrove of Cristal Mining. PICTURE: Myles Burt (From left) Production manager Linton Smith, student Kelsie Mitchell, Principal Ross Mackay and mine manager Clayton Trengrove of Cristal Mining. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Broken Hill High School is ready to launch student Kelsie Mitchell to America, after she has been selected to attend the NASA United Space School this year.

Kelsie, who has a great interest in science, said the space camp was something she’s always been interested in.

“It was always something in the back of my mind that I’ve been working towards and waiting for,” said Kelsie.

The camp held in Houston, Texas has students split into teams with their main mission being to plan a successful expedition to Mars.

Teams will take on various roles such as landing the teams on the red planet to controlling the habitat for the expedition.

Kelsie said aside the main mission to Mars, students will experience social and cultural events along with other unique opportunities.

“We get lectures from astronauts and have a video conference from the International Space Station,” she said.

“So that’s going to be really good.”

Even though Kelsie aspires to be a medical officer in the Australian Army in the future. Her passion towards the world of physics and other sciences is what has made the space industry so appealing.

“I really, really like physics. That’s my favourite part of science,” said Kelsie.

“Obviously the space industry has a lot of physics, so that’s why I think it interests me the most.”

Kelsie feels that the experience she’ll gain at the space camp will help her greatly in her academic studies, after noticing the positive drive from other BHHS students who have attended the program.

“I’ve personally noticed that students who’ve come back from the program have a greater appreciation for science,” she said.

“But also more confidence and leadership skills that they transfer into their schooling, which helps out the whole student body.”

Cristal Mining has been very generous by sponsoring Kelsie with a sum of $2000 to go towards her travels.

“After reading everything Kelsie’s been through and done, we’re more than happy to provide a couple of thousand dollars for her trip to the USA,” said Mine manager Clayton Trengrove.

“Anytime with young people in Broken Hill we have an application process, and if there’s any way we can help out then we’re willing to lend a hand.” 

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