Not long to go, as Tom Mitchelmore prepares for his visit to NASA’s Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas this June!
At the end of June, thanks to the support from Electroheat Systems Limited, I will be boarding the plane to Houston, Texas for a 5 day engineering trip to NASA’s Johnson Space Centre. As part of my HNC at Milton Keynes College we have been given the fantastic opportunity to spend 5 days meeting serving NASA engineers and taking part in various engineering based activities to test our knowledge and abilities. In June 2015, Milton Keynes College were the first British college to take part in Space University at NASA and as a result of a successful trip they have been welcomed back again this year.
Last year the trip contained a wide variety of activities and challenges including; an extended tour of NASA’s Johnson Space Centre, anti-gravity training, design, construction and launch of rockets, thermal survival exercise in regards to the re- entry into atmosphere and the freezing temperatures experienced in space, building a robotic Mars Rover , scuba diving in NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory and an exclusive meeting with a NASA astronaut. This year NASA have promised even more activities and bigger and better challenges to really put us to the test.
Our trip in June 2016 coincides with NASA’s debriefing of all those who were part of the ISS Expedition 47 crew, including our very own Tim Peake and we are hoping to have a chance to meet him!