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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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