On Friday the 24 September, 15 Darwin High School students and two staff had the privilege of attending a welcome reception for NASA personnel at Parliament House.
By teacher Esther Tan
Students got to hear the exciting news about the upcoming rocket launch in Arnhem Land. Students were also given the chance to talk directly to the engineers and ground technicians who work behind-the-scenes for the world's largest space agency.
Year 12 student, Aydar
I really enjoyed the insight about the importance of communications from the electrical engineer Czar A. E. Domingo. He shared his wisdom and experiences about working as communications specialist and the pathways that we can take to be a part of NASA projects in the future. Overall, a very cool experience!
Year 12 student Olivia
We met some of the NASA personnel responsible for setting-up and launching missions around the world. It was fascinating to talk to people from a whole range of teams – telemetry, radar, communications – and see how all their different jobs fit together. Finding out how they plan, launch and collect sounding rockets after their twelve-minute flights was also amazing.