Yeppoon teenager is Space bound

VIDEO: Sarah's space mission ensures sky is no limit

YEPPOON'S Sarah Callinan has dreamt of going to the moon since she was a little girl.

And the St Ursula's College student is heading in the right direction after winning a scholarship to spend a week at the 2015 International Space Camp and Rocket Centre in Alabama, USA.

Next month Sarah will represent Australia at the space camp and will experience what it would be like working in space.

Sarah, 17, said she often found herself dreaming of floating away from Earth in a spacecraft and designing equipment to be used in space.

"I used to always watch the documentaries about The Big Bang and my favourite movies are space movies like Interstellar," she said.

"The thing I love most about astrophysics and astronomy is that it's infinite and there's so many unanswered questions that I want to answer.

Space doesn't scare me and I would love to be up there one day, working as an astronaut for NASA; it would be my absolute dream job.

"I'd love to travel to the moon one day as well, as cliché as that sounds, mainly because it's not very far away from Earth, only about a four-day trip away."

Sarah said she was the only female in Australia attending the camp.

ON A MISSION: St Ursula’s College student Sarah Callinan is off to the US for the 2015 International Space Camp.
ON A MISSION: St Ursula’s College student Sarah Callinan is off to the US for the 2015 International Space Camp. Chris Ison Rokcspace

"I applied through the Australian Scholarships Group after seeing the competition online and thinking it was too good to be true," she said.

"I had to send through a piece of writing about myself and why I love space and science which was easy because it's my biggest passion. They said I was a clear winner so my enthusiasm must have been obvious.

"It hasn't actually sunk in yet that I am going and I'm one of the two Australians going. I'm hoping the trip will expand my knowledge on the type of careers on offer in the industry and I'm just really open to new experiences.

"As far as I know, I'll be doing some mission training and participating in a range of simulator activities and experiments. Last year my school organised a maths and science trip to NASA and we did astronaut training so it will be similar activities to that."

Sarah leaves for the USA on July 18.


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