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Carly Mannino is a senior at Woodlands High School in the Greenburgh Central School District. The 16-year-old student-athlete was one of 47 young women from throughout the U.S. to be selected for a two-week intensive internship at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
While at NASA, Mannino worked with fellow interns to drum up answers to questions like: How can humans survive a three-year trip to Mars? How can we make space travel more sustainable? And what is it like to be a female astronaut?
In order to get into the exclusive program, she applied and was selected from among 3,000 initial applicants. She then completed a four-month online course last spring in order to advance to the next phase, in which she was one of 47 students selected from 500 finalists to actually participate in the internship.
Now Mannino is back in Westchester and busy filling out college applications (she hopes to attend Stanford University and major in engineering). When she’s not studying or working as the manager at a frozen yogurt shop, she’s playing softball, bowling, volunteering at her church and editing the school newspaper. And she finds time for friends, of course. Mannino took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to sit down with The Journal News/Lohud.com and talk about her experience at NASA.