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Hudson's Hope student joins national summer space camp

Students will work through a series of challenges, including Moon mission simulations
Junior Astronaut Gilliss Hadley, one of 52 youth chosen nationwide to work with astronauts and space experts this summer.

A Hudson's Hope student is one of 52 lucky young Canadians who will have the chance to meet with astronauts, engineers, and scientists from the Canadian Space Agency this summer for a week of virtual space training.

From July 26 to 31, students across the country will work through a series of challenges, including operating of a real rover for a simulated Moon mission, using satellite imagery to solve problems, and working out with space fitness experts and astronauts.

Grade 7 student Hadley Gilliss from Hudson’s Hope School is one the lucky participants this year, and says she’s very excited for the experience.

“I’d love to be an astronaut or an astronomer when I grow up,” said Gilliss.

She added she’s always been fascinated by space, and submitted a science project on the phases of the moon, and a heritage fair project on Dr. Roberta Bondar, Canada’s first female astronaut, and the world's first neurologist in space, part of the crew of Space Shuttle Discovery in 1992.

“These are the things that sparked my interest, I also read a bunch of books by Stephen Hawking,” said Gilliss, adding she’s looking forward to chatting with all the astronauts and space experts.

The program is geared for Grade 6 to 9. Participants were chosen at random and selected from a pool of candidates who had previously competed in the online Junior Astronauts activities via three streams—science and technology, fitness and nutrition, and teamwork and communication.

This year, 27 girls and 25 boys were chosen to participate, including nine from Northern Canada, 18 from Western Canada—including Gillis—and 25 from Eastern Canada.

Tom Summer, Alaska Highway News, Local Journalism Initiative. Email