December 19, 2013
One lucky student is getting the chance to shoot for the stars thanks to a competition that will take him into space.
“I'm still in disbelief,” says Patrick Carney. “It was such a crazy feeling.”
Carney, 21, is a third year student at UVa and in a year he will be the youngest person to go to space.
“It's one of those things that I've always dreamed about and it's something that less than 600 people have ever had the chance to do,” says Carney. “So to be able to experience that is something that I can't even get nervous about.”
He got the opportunity thanks to a competition put on by the AXE deodorant company.
They had people vote for the contestants online in order to make it to space camp.
They chose nine people to attend a space camp in connection with the Space Expedition Corporation.
“Luckily by the end of the competition I had finished in second place, which was good enough to book my trip to space camp,” says Carney.
While at camp Carney went through several challenges including team building activities and a zero gravity experience.
Once the challenges were complete the winners from the space camp were announced. Carney’s name was announced and his seat was booked for a day trip in space.
“I walked on stage, just taking it in,” says Carney. “It was nuts, it still is absolutely amazing and unbelievable.”
“It was always something I dreamed about, I've always been keeping track of Space XC and instantly when I heard about the competition, it was just a dream come true to have a chance to experience that.”