Creech St Michael teenager in space flight competition

Chris Nation. PHOTO: Steve Richardson

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First published in Taunton Somerset County Gazette: Photograph of the Author by

A TEENAGER with a keen interest in space hopes to book his flight into the atmosphere by winning a global competition.

Creech St Michael's Chris Nation is currently 130th out of 20,000 applicants from the UK hoping to be jetted off with astronauts into space.

The 19-year-old became fascinated by space when he was young thanks to Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear and has travelled to Tanzania with friends to sleep under the stars.

The former Heathfield and Richard Huish student said it would be dream come true if he won.

He said: “When I saw the competition I thought 'I have to go for it'.

“If I know there is going to be a meteor shower then I will stay up and watch it.

“I know it is quite an unusual interest but I have a few friends that also have a similar interest.

“Very few people get the chance to look at Earth from space so it would be amazing if I got that opportunity.”

To be in with a chance, Chris has to finish in the top 200 by the deadline at the end of March.

Then he will go to London for a space camp where four lucy people visit the NASA headquarters in Florida.

Four people from other countries competing will also attend and one person from each country will get the once in the lifetime chance to go into space.

To vote for Chris, click here

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