Lauren Reynoldson-Ross Space Camp adventures: Part two

by Nicole Gundi | Nov 09, 2017
Wednesday 12th
Today we began training for our 3-hour mission to Mars. I was at ‘Mission Control’ as ‘System Operations Communicator,’ where I was the main communication source to six astronauts and had to safely instruct, care and manage them while they completed a series of tasks. This was a very proud moment for me. The time finally came for our final mission to Mars. Our mission was, if I do say so myself, a rousing success as no one died and everyone got back to Earth in one piece. It was a little hectic at times but the fun continued when Marineris got the chance to experience flying a jet, in a plane simulator to complete a mission—by the end, I was able to do a double back flip. 
Lauren Reynoldson-Ross
As the day drew to a close, we built an astronaut suit for an apple to test the affect of space debris, pressure, oxygen, radiation and temperature, SPORT. Our apple successfully survived all tests, except temperature. Unfortunately, our applenaut experienced firsthand what an apple pie might feel like! At night, we danced to music, we learnt a lot about NASA’s past and what they hope for in the future. It was at this point that I realised how lucky I was to be here and to be sharing this experience with such wonderful people.  

Thursday 13th
Today our team began with a heights activity called the ‘Pamper Pole’ where we trusted each other to hold us up if we fell. We climbed a large pole that shook and had to stand on top. Once we accomplished this, we had to free jump to a rope around 1.5 metres away. It was terrifying but the view was amazing.  Afterwards, we were lucky enough to meet ‘Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger who was a ‘Space Camp’ alumni as well as a NASA astronaut who spent 15 days aboard the ‘ISS’ (International Space Station). She was truly inspiring and I can honestly say she has empowered me to continue to follow my dream of one day working for NASA. 
Lauren and her team
With much expectation, excitement and a few nerves, it was time to launch our space rockets. we prepared for launch. Unfortunately, my team’s rocket did not go very far and the parachute failed to deploy because it caught fire, but our egstranuat did survive. We also learnt about the international cooperation of countries, working towards discovering our universe. Australia was not one of the main contributors, but we were still there, involved, inspired and most importantly contributing to the future of space exploration. We ended the day by getting to ride the ‘Multi Axis Trainer’ which is supposed to simulate a space capsule doing an uncontrolled tumble roll in space. It was so much fun and has been designed so that your stomach stays in one play and doesn't make you feel sick, hence, fortunately, there was no vomiting involved! Team Marineris then worked together to outwit 5 other teams in ‘Space Trivia’. 

Friday 14th
Before the goodbyes began our last simulation was the ‘Moon Walk’ where we got to experience what it felt like to only be aware of 1/6th of your body weight. This experience made you feel like as light as a feather which was very strange. Afterwards, it was time for our graduation ceremony at the ‘Davidson Centre’
. It was sad and drawn out because I didn’t want to leave this wonderfully diverse group of people that had made this experience so amazing for me. I learnt so many new things, met amazing people and I am now more driven to follow my dreams than ever before. I would recommend the camp to any boy or girl who
 is interested in space, astrophysics, universal
 collaboration and team building under div
erse conditions. I would like to thank the ASG family for making this wonderful opportunity possible for me, because without them, I would not have had the experience of a lifetime. 
Read part one of Lauren's Space Camp adventure. 

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