Saint-Brieuc: Clara and Maël go to NASA to conquer the planet Mars

Saint-Brieuc: Clara and Maël go to NASA to conquer the planet Mars
Saint-Brieuc: Clara and Maël go to NASA to conquer the planet Mars

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July 9, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.

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Saint-Charles high school in Saint-Brieuc (Côtes-d’Armor) is the only establishment in France to be involved in the United Space School program to discover the world of aeronautics and aerospace. Not entirely by chance when we know that the astronaut Jean-Loup Christian is himself a product of it.

Clara Mazurat, de Pordicand Maël Estable, originally from Plédran, have been selected to participate. Both will fly from July 13 to 29, 2024 to Texas to meet members of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and experience a fictional mission on the planet Mars.

Observe the sky

“I’m really looking forward to this trip,” Clara confides. “On site, we’ll be staying at NASA’s premises, Houston, where we will be surrounded by professionals and other enthusiasts from all over the world. I plan to interview spationautes. »

Since I was little, I have been fascinated by the universe and space. I am also interested in the history of space exploration. This is an opportunity to deepen my knowledge of this sector that fascinates me.

Clara Mazurat, student at Saint-Charles high school

A rocket in his garden

Maël Estable has long time this project in mind. “When I arrived in 6e and I learned that young people could go to NASA, I immediately wanted to sign up!”

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Two stages preceded their selection : a written part (CV and cover letter in French and English) and an oral exam of about fifteen minutes. Out of 40 candidates, only eight remained to take the oral exam. Once qualified, they were given preparatory work.

The replica of the Space X Crew Gragon capsule built by Maël in his garden. ©SMAUVIEL

Maël wants to become aerospace engineer and has already started building a model of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule ready for takeoff. The high school student has also been working on small rockets with his 3D printer.

I have always enjoyed rockets because they allow you to travel through harsh environments and discover new planets.

Maël Estable, student at Saint-Charles high school

The young man also plans to shoot a video that he will share on the internet and broadcast when he returns to his high school.

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