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Five Roseville College students from Years 7 - 9 will travel to NASA in Houston, USA, for the HASSE Junior Space School to experience the thrill of space exploration and discover how science can lead to a variety of amazing careers.

The five girls, Ella Boulton of Year 7, Phoebe Xu of Year 8 and Year 9 students, Josephine Harrison, Gemma Lambourne and Jessica Murrie, are looking forward to the two week expedition with great expectation.

Roseville College Science teacher Ms Jenny Collins, who is accompanying the students on the once-in-a-lifetime two week journey to the NASA Johnson Space Centre in Houston and the Space and Rocket Centre in Alabama, admits that visiting NASA has been a lifelong dream, stemming from her own childhood.

"I remember my primary school experience in 1969, when we all crowded around to stare at one of the few TVs and witnes the lunar landing; man walking on the moon. It was just like a scene from 'The Dish' movie!" she says. "I've had an interest in space ever since, and will share the same excitement and anticipation of the girls because it's a first time experience for all of us,"

Just 12 years old, Ella says she has been interested in astronomy and physics since she was three. "It's true!" she laughs. "My room was adorned with posters of the solar system and constellations,"

For Ella, the expedition is both exciting and a little nerve-wracking; it will be the first time she has travelled overseas without her family and also is the longest period of time she has been away from them.

"I'm especially grateful for my parents who have given me the opportunity and freedom to go," she says, acknowledging how emotional it must be to let your child embark on a trip like this, even before she's technically a teenager. "I saw a NASA poster at school last year and talked with my mum about going on a trip. It means so much to me. I'm hoping to gain a greater understanding of space exploration' but I don't want to be an astronaut! I would be happy if I could work in the team here on earth!"

The Houston Association for Space and Science Education (HASSE) Junior Space School Program runs from 26 June to 10 July and is supported by business, scholars, NASA scientists and astronauts. The Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia is coordinating the expedition, which integrates culture, space, science, medicine and marine life for an out-of-this-world, high impact learning experience. More than 8000 students have participated in the program since 2002.

Photo: Science teacher Ms Jenny Collins and five students

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