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For many, going to NASA is simply a dream. But for two Hawke’s Bay students and a teacher, it has become a reality.

On Monday, 165 young women, including Iona college year 8 student Mia Holt and year 12 student Zillah Daysh, jetted off to the United States for 14 days, as part of the CASE Space School expedition to NASA.

Although all students will be spending the majority of their time in Houston, Texas at the Johnson Space Center, they are split into two camps; the junior space school for years 8-10 and the senior space school for years 11-13.

The junior girls, will also spend a week in Huntsville, Alabama, the home of the US Space and Rocket Center, where they will complete their “astronaut training” and participate in astronaut training simulations and various space missions in their teams.

At 13 years-old, Mia was “really excited” to embark on her first trip to America. However, despite what many might think, it was pretty easy to convince her mum to let her go, noting, “I think she just wants me to have a good experience”.

Photo: Iona College students, Mia Holt (left) and Zillah Daysh, along with Napier Girls’ High School teacher Philipp Otto are attending CASE Space School at NASA. Photo / Warren Buckland

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Posted: 15 December 2018

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