Aspiring astronauts win Space Camp trip

Pupils, Phoebe Holliday, 13, and Sam Hare, 14, with Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems MD Charles Houseago
Pupils, Phoebe Holliday, 13, and Sam Hare, 14, with Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems MD Charles Houseago
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Two teenagers have won a trip to Space Camp in America after impressing judges with their applications to become Bourne’s first astronaut.

Bourne Academy pupils Phoebe Holliday and Samuel Hare will spend a week at the US Space and Rocket centre in Huntsville, Alabama.

They will be joined by their physics teacher Diane Hoyles for a week of space-themed activities. They won the trip through a competition by Market Deeping company Park Air Systems which is part of Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Managing director Charles Houseago said: “Park Air has been serving the world’s aviation community for more than 45 years from south Lincolnshire.

“As a company, we constantly strive to give back to the local community as recognition for the support we receive so we are delighted to be able to offer this unique opportunity to local students.

“We are excited for the students and their teacher and very much look forward to hearing about their fantastic trip on their return.”

The trip is designed to inspire the next generation of explorers, scientists and engineers.

The pupils will build and launch a rocket, experience 4G during lift-off and climb the Mars climbing wall.

Mrs Hoyles said: “We are grateful to Park Air Systems for giving the students such a life changing opportunity.

“They won their places through a competition to write an application to be Bourne’s first astronaut and this may well be the first step towards realising that 
dream.”