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Students Soar In Space Camp


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Many young people are fascinated by the idea of traveling into space.

Several Freedom Intermediate School students in Franklin got to explore outer space through a special camp.

They received a hands-on lesson on how astronauts function in space.

For example one student got a no-rinse shampoo.

"Now remember while they're up in space, they use this shampoo because the water would bead up and it would be very difficult to remove," said an engineer.

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center sponsors the event to pique the interest of students such as Mitch Price.

Mitch entered a capsule simulator.

He said he's interested in pursuing theoretical astrophysics.

"For every one of the guys that fly, it's about 10,000 more back on earth, working to make it happen, to make that flight a success," said Al Whitaker from the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Alabama.

Individuals who play an integral part of space travel include engineers, mathematicians and scientists.

School administrators believe experience is the best teacher.

"If I can have the people who actually do the careers come to school it makes it just more meaningful," said an administrator.

"It's sort of an experience for them and the spark that lights the dream," she said.

Space Camp is set up to travel to schools all across the country.

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