As a young lad growing up in Kerikeri Hammond Pearce was just like many of his peers and dreamed about one day going into space.

He didn't think that was possible as you had to be a United States citizen to go into space on a US rocket.

But now Pearce is getting the next best thing after being accepted as one of four Kiwis to go on a 10-week Nasa International Internship Programme after being awarded New Zealand Space Scholarships.

Pearce is the only Northlander in the four and is completing his PhD in computer systems engineering at the