Out of this world trip for Team Gravity kids

PUBLISHED: 06:23 06 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:32 24 May 2010

A TEAM of science whiz-kids is over the moon about winning a once in a lifetime trip to NASA's space headquarters. A group of Year 10 students from Churchill Community School is set to jet off to America to meet astronauts and rub shoulders with top scie

A TEAM of science whiz-kids is over the moon about winning a once in a lifetime trip to NASA's space headquarters.A group of Year 10 students from Churchill Community School is set to jet off to America to meet astronauts and rub shoulders with top scientists after a winning a national competition.The contest, called Edge into Space, was organised by the International Space School Education Trust.The members of the brainy quartet, known as Team Gravity, are trying to keep their feet on the ground as they prepare for a 10-day trip that will see them tour space centres, undergo astronaut training and fire hand-made rockets.Amber Hartley-Watts, Joseph Plumb, Rebecca Voisey and Thomas Watson-Follet won their place after designing a space suit to stop astronauts' muscles wasting away while orbiting the earth.They hope the suit will also be adapted to be used closer to home on earth to help people in a coma or those with a muscle wasting diseases such as multiple sclerosis.The 15-year-olds beat off competition from over 700 schools across Britain to claim the prize. They had to present their idea in front of a panel of experts, including British astronaut Michael Foale.But the teenagers will also get a chance to kick back and relax in America when they attend a Texan rodeo and spend six days in luxury Florida beach resort.Amber said: "It's going to be the trip of a lifetime, with a chance to do some space training and meet the people who run the space programme. We will also get plenty of time to see America as well, so that's really exciting too."It will mean missing a week off school but I can live with that."Pictured: Amber Hartley-Watts, Becky Voisey, Joe Plumb and Tom Watson-Follett.

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