Valley students go to world famous space camp

Posted at 9:24 AM, Mar 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-17 12:30:09-04

More than a dozen valley students just returned from an experience that is out of this world.

They attended space camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama for the Honeywell Leadership Academy. 

The program allows students to simulate their own shuttle missions and moon walks and build rockets. They also met NASA scientists, engineers and former astronauts.

Veritas Preparatory Academy junior Andrew Nelson says he was thrilled with the experience. His favorite part was the centrifuge, which spins people around until they reach negative G's. 

Nelson is considering some type of job in the aerospace industry in the future. 

"I kind of like that it's unknown and unexplored," said Nelson. "It's fantastic that there are things we don't know in this world that are beyond our reach. And I kind of want to help reach those goals."

Nelson got his own uniform, a blue jumpsuit with his name and several patches decorating it. 

About 17 Arizona students represented the state at a space camp that brings in kids from several states and all over the world. 

Honeywell offers scholarships to qualifying students.