London: Britain`s intrepid Prince Harry wants
to be the first Royal in space and wants to undergo NASA
training, according to a media report.
"It`s his dream to be the first Royal in space," The Sun
quoted a Royal source as saying.
Army pilot Harry, 26, is a Star Trek fan and "obsessed
with space", the report quoted his friends as saying.
They say he has already asked British business magnate Sir
Richard Branson`s son Sam for a seat on one of the first
Virgin Galactic sub-orbital flights.
But he hopes to become an honorary member of the elite US
space programme after returning from Afghanistan next year.
Harry needs a minimum of 1,000 hours of advanced jet
engine flight time to be considered by NASA.
"Harry has already completed his studies of Land and Sea
Surveillance and Oceanology - part of Astro training - and
can`t wait to get into one of NASA`s T38 training jets," the
paper quoted the Royal source as saying.
NASA training in Houston, Texas, would include Scuba
Microgravity - performing tasks underwater in space suits for
up to four hours at a time.
Harry would also endure extreme G-Force in a giant
gyroscope, and spend hours in a pressurised chamber,
simulating space problems such as muscle wastage. The source
said: "He`s been going on about this for months. A lot of
people don`t know Harry`s a Trekkie and has long harboured a
desire to get into space.
"His service with the Army Air Corps has been exemplary,
which puts him in good stead. There`s no chance of him walking
on the Moon, but he wants to train with NASA - and is
determined to get on a Virgin Galactic flight."
Meanwhile, reacting to the report, Clarence House said:
"We are not officially aware of this."