Paraguay - Participation of Sebastián Núñez at NASA campsite and "TED Talks"

18 July 2019

(ANS - Asunción) - Sebastián Núñez is a Salesian Past Pupil who completed his studies at the "Salesianito" School of Asunción, Paraguay, in 2018. A few days ago he spoke of his 2018 experience at NASA in the "TED Talks". TEDs are online conferences whose slogan is: "Ideas worth spreading". Sebastián's achievement is not just an idea, but an experience worth making known, especially among young people in search of their vocation.

In July 2018, Sebastián Núñez received the best news of his life: he was accepted into NASA's "Space Camp" program at the "Space & Rocket Center" in Huntsville, Alabama, USA. The young man said he went through a long process before being selected. To win the competition, he had to present numerous documents, reference letters, an experiment he had done and had had to document with photographs and videos. "It was a goal we achieved because I've always dreamed of being part of a NASA program and even working there," Sebastián said.

"As difficult as it may seem - some more, others less – for those who have always dreamed of being an astronaut," Sebastián continued, "it seemed such a distant objective, yet I went ahead to achieve it. The experience of the Space Camp was a further step forward that brought me closer to what I had always dreamed of," he said.

After completing his experience at NASA, in July 2019 Sebastian was sent to participate in the "TED Talks" which, as mentioned, is an online program where young people talk about their dreams and their experiences. "At home I had no internet, but I had a collection of encyclopedias and books," Sebastián explained to the audience, "and I would spend my time drawing planets and comets. At night I spent hours looking at the sky and the stars. As a child I cultivated this dream of becoming an astronaut. I'm happy to share my personal experience, to show that it is possible, with the utmost dedication, to fulfill one's dreams."

Participating in this conference, Sebastián not only narrated his experience, but also listened to other stories, of other young people, which are a source of inspiration for others. He then wanted to emphasize that the future of nations is in the hands of the new generations.


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