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Volume 46 | Issue 5 | June 2004



Student scientists fly high with NASA

Students from nine states took their quest for exploration to new levels in June, launching school science experiments aboard a NASA suborbital rocket.

The single stage rocket carried the experiments nearly 27 miles above the Earth. During the flight the experiments were exposed to the rigors of space, including temperature changes, radiation exposure and forces 15 times greater than Earth's gravity.

The students attend schools in Minnesota, Illinois, Georgia, West Virginia, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont and Connecticut. Four of the participating schools are NASA Explorer Schools. In addition to viewing the rocket launch, the students toured Wallops Flight Facility, a sub-facility of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.