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By Stephen Autar - Camera Staff Writer
Austin Braun, of Longmont, poses for a photo with the Orion spacecraft standing behind him at Cape Canaveral, Fla. (Courtesy Austin Braun)
On Thursday, 19-year-old Austin Braun woke up at 3:30 a.m. to get to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., in time to cover the planned launch of the Orion spacecraft for NASA.
Braun, of Longmont, is one of 150 chosen by the U.S. space agency to receive credentials to cover the launch on social media as part of the NASA Social program.
The Longmont High graduate, who's now a freshman at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, was looking at Twitter in his English class one day in early October when he saw that NASA officials had posted they were accepting applications to cover the Orion launch.
After writing and turning in the requisite letter about himself, Braun forgot about it until he got an email at the end of the month telling him he'd been accepted.
He thought so little of his chances, he didn't even tell his parents he applied.
"We didn't even know," said his mother, Carol Braun. "He just called us and told us that he got the opportunity. ... We thought it was going to be a scam or something. It's pretty amazing, really."