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Tim Gibson counts days to historical launch into space

Tim Gibson prepares for flight training at the Lynx Space Academy in Florida.
Tim Gibson prepares for flight training at the Lynx Space Academy in Florida. Contributed ROK090114space6

HE'S STILL months away from lift-off, but Yeppoon's Tim Gibson is as enthusiastic today as he was the minute he learned he would make an historic flight into space.

"Every time I think of it I get a tingle down my spine," he said.

 

"The excitement hasn't waned at all. It's still at 100%."

Mr Gibson, 29, will be the first Australian civilian in space when he takes flight with a 23-strong international contingent on the mission, the launch date in 2015 or early 2016.

He earned his spot by entering a competition run by Lynx.

From more than one million entries, he was among the 106 short-listed to undergo training at the Lynx Space Academy at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

Mr Gibson shone in all aspects of testing and got the nod from US astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon.

Yeppoon's Tim Gibson with astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
Yeppoon's Tim Gibson with astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Contributed ROK080114majortim

Since completing the training in December last year, he has been following a strict fitness regime.

He spends eight to 10 hours a week doing gym work, running, swimming and plyometrics, exercises designed to increase both speed and power.

For mental stimulation, he reads aircraft manuals and does commercial pilot's licence theory.

A job promotion saw Gibson relocate from Yeppoon to Melbourne three months ago.

He is continuing to do a raft of media about his space mission.

Gibson said people were intrigued by his story and were eager to hear more.

"It's something I don't like to brag about but plenty of people ask me about," he said.

"Sharing the story with them is excellent because they not only get excited but inspired. They realise that they can achieve something special as well."

Topics:  space




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