Daniel Angelo Roque has been chosen as the first Filipino astronaut to go on space.
Twenty two year-old De Lasalle graduate Roque bested two other Filipino in the Axe Apollo Space Academy Competition, and joins 21 others from other countries in their 30-minute trip to the space in 2014 onboard X-COR Aerospace Lynx Aircraft; organized by Florida-based Axe Apollo Space Academy.
In October this year, Roque was among two other Filipinos — Evan Ray Datuin and Ramil Santos — who were selected as finalists in a rigorous and competitive eight-month local AXE National Challenge. The three flew to Orlando, Florida this month to take a five-day course at the Kennedy Center along with 104 other astronaut aspirants from 60 countries.
Roque was selected by the AASA Space Camp judging committee led by its chairman Buzz Aldrin, who is also known as the second person to walk on the moon, following Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong.
The space expedition corporation’s reusable shuttle is expected to start flying customers to space in 2015 with tickets priced a $95,000.