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Houston-bound Amy on Mars mission

An Aughnacloy student has won the chance of a lifetime - to experience the mission to Mars.

Amy Anderson will jet off to the world famous United Space School in Houston, Texas, this summer.

She will experience an intense two-week placement along with 40 other students from 25 countries and get to meet with astronauts, space doctors, spacesuit designers and geologists.

The programme will include a variety of space and engineering projects including one entitled a "Mission to Mars" design.

Amy is a student at the Armagh campus of the Southern Regional College.

Announcing the winner, Employment and Learning Minister, Stephen Farry offered his congratulations to Amy.

"This programme underlines the importance of delivering the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) agenda and the value of international partnerships between educational establishments, government and industry," he said.

SRC chief executive Brian Doran said: "This is a good example of the opportunities available to students at the Southern Regional College."

Belfast Telegraph