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Hyderabad boy makes it to US Space Camp

Rohith along with some other Indians at US Space Camo

City-based student, Rohith Tirumalasetti was among the 17 Indian students and a total of 292 students from 41 countries, to attend once in a lifetime learning experience at the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy in the US. Also, he was among the eight students selected globally as ambassadors and mentors to the US Space Camp.

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The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama is a museum operated by the government of Alabama, showcasing rockets, achievements, and artifacts of the U.S. space program. Sometimes billed as “Earth’s largest space museum”, astronaut Owen Garriott described the place as, “a great way to learn about space in a town that has embraced the space program from the very beginning.”

Two camp programs offer visitors the opportunity to stay on the grounds and learn more about their respective subject matter. U.S. Space Camp gives an in-depth exposure to the space program through participant use of simulators, lectures, and training exercises. 

Rohith Tirumalasetti

Rohith was chosen to participate in a two-week-long unique leadership program at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama which seeks to encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math careers through real-time, hands-on challenges in coding, computer sciences and astronautics.

Rohit said not many students get an opportunity to return to the space camp as a student mentor. “I am privileged to have relived my dream of being in a space mission again,” he said.

At the Academy, students between 16 years and 18 years participated in numerous team building challenges like assembling, coding, and testing rockets, and participating in simulated astronaut training, shuttle missions and a moonwalk.

This year, Honeywell chose seven students from Bengaluru, eight students from Pune and one each from the Delhi and Hyderabad. Students were selected through a rigorous application and review process based on academic achievement and community involvement, the release added.

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