Posted: Thursday, 11 October 2012 4:21PM
Ten year old Austin Schellsmidt of Caledonia, was one of 159 students from across the world to attend Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students last month for 5 days at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Schellsmidt’s momentous journey began with a bit of turbulence that in the end offered an unexpected treat.
Austin attends St. Mary's Grade School and is the son of Jim and Steffanie Schellsmidt of Caledonia.
The Caledonia Argus reports during the flight from Texas to Alabama an engine generator went out on the plane. Passengers had to fly back to Texas to get a different flight. An impromptu train ride had to be incorporated into the transfer, which Schellsmidt really enjoyed, according to his mom.
Several area charities donated funds so that Austin could attend, including the Caledonia Rotary, Eitzen Lions, Brownsville Lions, and the Caledonia Lions and Catholic Daughters.