Chris Cultee, a student at the Northwest Indian College, with a rocket that broke the sound barrier.
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Chris Cultee, a student at the Northwest Indian College, with a rocket that broke the sound barrier.
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Northwest Indian College Student Takes A NASA Thrill Ride

Chris Cultee will have a close-up view when NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flies past Pluto on Tuesday.

Cultee, who attends the Northwest Indian College on the Lummi Reservation near Bellingham, is an intern at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center this summer. He tweeted Monday about his experiences at @NASASunEarth with the hash tag #RaceOnTech.

He got into rocketry through his college's Space Center -- it was named by one of the students as sort of a joke, although it has become anything but that, with guidance from computer science teacher Gary Brand and attention from NASA.

This is Cultee's third year as a NASA intern.

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He's been working on some pretty great stuff, both in college and at NASA.

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Cultee has been working with a program at the NASA space center to increase participation in science and math among Native Americans. There are two other Native Americans working as interns there this summer.

You can read all of Cultee's tweets in the Storify below:

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