A 10-year-old schoolboy who wanted help with his space project went to the very top – and got the answers from NASA.
Inquisitive Christopher Allan is fascinated by spaceships and wanted to do a presentation on different types of rocket.
But his space books, encyclopaedia and parents couldn’t give him the detailed information he craved.
So he wrote to NASA’s headquarters in America – and was stunned to get a detailed letter back answering each of his questions individually.
His proud mum Carole said today: ”Christopher was absolutely over the moon to get a letter from Nasa.
”They gave him everything he needed for his project, so much technical information, which he’s still amazing us with.
”It’s fantastic because we never dreamed he’d get a personal response. Now he wants to be an astronaut.”
Christopher, a pupil at Brediland Primary School in Paisley, Renfrewshire, had to pick a subject when his P6 class were all told to do a project on the solar system.
He chose rockets, but was unable to find the sort of detailed he wanted for his two-minute speech.
So he came up with the idea of writing direct to NASA.
Carole, 40, said: ”There is nobody better you can ask about space than NASA so it made sense.
”I even admitted they might know a bit more than me and his dad!
”I helped him look up the address and send the letter but I didn’t think they would actually return his letter. They must have hundreds of thousands of people writing to them every day.
”Christopher was running to the doormat every day but I was trying to tell him not to get too excited, that he probably wouldn’t hear back.”
Christopher sent his letter in early November but didn’t get his reply in time for his presentation and had to go ahead without his crucial facts.
However, last month Carole came home to find a big envelope with the NASA logo on the front. It had been delayed by the bad winter weather.
When her son came home from school, she had to stop him excitedly tearing through the letter in his rush to open it.
Inside was a personal letter from the NASA education officer with his name on it, signed pictures of astronauts and, more importantly, all the facts he needed.
He’d been sent pictures of all the agency’s recent rockets with information on them and even a replica space rocket he could make himself out of cardboard.
Armed with his new material, Christopher’s teachers allowed him to give his presentation again and showcase all the information and images for his classmates.
Christopher, who lives in Paisley with his mum, financial controller dad Stephen, 40, brother Matthew, seven, and sister Beth, three, has now hidden his letter away in a special place.
He said: ”I’m really interested in space and technology and I would love to be an astronaut when I’m older.
”It was great getting the letter back from the guys at NASA. I showed all my friends the stuff they sent me and they absolutely loved it.”
A spokesperson for Christopher’s school said: ”We are impressed that Christopher wrote to NASA.
”Their response has really increased his enthusiasm about the subject.”