Mt Clear College student hopes to attend NASA space camp

GEORDIE Brand can barely see the stars, but he can certainly reach for them.

Geordie Brand hopes to visit the NASA space camp in the US in September.

Geordie Brand hopes to visit the NASA space camp in the US in September.

The 16-year-old is aiming to attend the NASA space camp for visually impaired students at the US Space and Rocket Centre in Huntsville, Alabama, in September.

Geordie has limited vision in his left eye and no vision in his right.

The 16-year-old Mt Clear College student has dreamt of attending the NASA space camp ever since he can remember.

“I’m mostly looking forward to going to NASA and being around the centre. I get to look through where the astronauts actually train and I get to dive under and experience weightlessness,” he said.

Geordie will join 250 other visually impaired students from across the world – including six from Victoria – at the camp where they will live in a simulated space station.

“Based on what we’ve shown during the week-long camp they allocate a role to us,” Geordie said.

“At the end we have a six hour mission to do with shuttle landing.” 

The Buninyong teenager hopes to take on the role of shuttle commander.

He was nominated for the camp by Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s visiting teachers program.

A trivia night to help contribute to $6000 needed for Geordie’s trip will be at the Sebastopol Bowling Club on July 5 at 7pm.