Four students from the State have been chosen to attend a space camp to be held at the Singapore Space Academy from May 30 to June 3 as part of a training programme organised by Kerala Travels Interserve.

Rahul Joseph Cecil (St. Paul International School, Kochi), Michelle Anne George (Believer's Church Residential School, Thiruvalla), Narayan S.A. (St. Thomas Residential School, Thiruvananthapuram), and Blessy Jaya Chandran (Government Girls High School, Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram) were selected after a competitive examination and interview. The programme is sponsored by Kerala Travels Interserve, a pressnote issued by the travel agency said.

NASA trainers

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy lauded the students at a function held here on Friday.

Named Saura Yaathrika, the programme was launched by the travel agency as part of its golden jubilee.

The five-day space camp would be conducted by former NASA engineers, renowned astronauts, astrophysicists, and space scientists through a carefully selected curriculum.

The trainees would get to learn about life as an astronaut, human effects and challenges in space environment, Arctic survival session, basic rocketry, robotic navigation, and physics of satellite orbits along with relevant site visits.

After the camp, the students could continue to seek guidance from the trainers on school projects, career guidance and future course of study.

At the end of the camp, they would be given a certificate and a ‘wing badge' for completing the training programme successfully.

K.C. Chandrahasan, Managing Director of Kerala Travels Interserve, said the new project was the organisation's first step towards realising the dream of space tourism.

Jaya Chandrahasan, Executive Director, said Saura Yaathrika was part of the organisation's effort to update its services. D.S. Rane, former ISRO Director, is the project consultant.

The pressnote said the next Saura Yaathrika Programme would be announced soon. Details are available atwww.keralatravels.in.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy lauded the students on Friday.

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