The students are from Classes 7 to 10; 13 of them boys and 12 girls. They will be accompanied by two teachers. The school officials are tightlipped about NASA Trek and declined to provide details of the selected students or about their programmes. They said the details would be finalised by January.
Students are scheduled to visit the Kennedy Space Centre’ s shuttle landing facility to study the vehicle assembly building system and view the Space Shuttle launch pads at NASA.
Students will be exposed to the astronaut training experience programme, wherein they can hear first-hand from a veteran NASA astronaut and experience a space shuttle mission simulation. They can also perform hands-on space exploration activities.
Students will also get a chance to have lunch with astronauts, interact with scientists and visit the ‘Hall of Fame’, where they will experience the human side of Space, complete with the sights, sounds and experiences of famous astronauts who first ventured into the frontiers of Space.
After the programme at the Kennedy Space Centre, students will also have the opportunity to visit Universal Studios, the White House,Lincoln Memorial, Capitol Building, the Supreme Court, the Space Museum, Union Station, and the World War II Memorial Building, all in Washington.