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Star pupil: Union junior interns alongside NASA scientists, engineers

Vancouver teen called "off-the-charts brilliant" by teachers

By Griffin Reilly, Columbian staff writer
Published: August 1, 2022, 6:05am
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Alexia Bravo, a soon-to-be junior at Union High School, is participating in a virtual internship with partners NASA and University of Texas at Austin. The project uses computers and telescopes to study the trajectory of asteroids.
Alexia Bravo, a soon-to-be junior at Union High School, is participating in a virtual internship with partners NASA and University of Texas at Austin. The project uses computers and telescopes to study the trajectory of asteroids. (Photos by Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Alexia Bravo of Vancouver is tracking asteroid trajectories with NASA. She’s also working on getting her driver’s license.

That’s right — the work is part of the 16-year-old’s summer internship with the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Space Research, where high school students are working alongside NASA scientists and engineers to analyze imagery and data received from satellites circling the Earth, moon and Mars.

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