Congrats to Stella Felix from Nigeria. She will become the first Nigerian to experience the weightlessness of space flight.
LAGOS, Nigeria — Nigerian teen Stella Felix rises at 5 a.m. to do chores and then walks nearly an hour to school. She has to share textbooks with schoolmates because her parents can’t afford to buy them and does homework by candlelight.
On Saturday, Felix will soar above all that from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a special Boeing aircraft, becoming the first Nigerian to experience the weightlessness of space flight.
Felix is the first of many students the Houston-based Spaceweek International Association hopes to send on a zero-gravity flight as part of a program that aims to give people worldwide more access to space.
Felix was selected from more than 400 students who applied from the West African country. She will spend two hours on a modified Boeing 727 jet, which will soar six miles above the Earth before dropping, giving about a half-minute of weightlessness with each cycle.
“I feel like I’m an ambassador,” the slim 17-year-old told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday, a day before departing for the United States.