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High School Rocket Teams Aim for the Skies at NASA Student Launch Initiative May 4-6
Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

Media advisory: 06-062

Student rocket scientists from seven states will converge in Huntsville, Ala., this week for the NASA Student Launch Initiative. The education initiative allows high school teams to put their aerospace and engineering knowledge to use in a real-world situation -- by designing, building and launching their own rockets, complete with a science payload. Each team spent the 2005-2006 school year developing a rocket, preparing and presenting formal reviews for panels of NASA engineers, developing Web sites showcasing their work, and testing systems associated with their rocket.

The teams will demonstrate proof-of-concept during presentations of their rockets to NASA employees at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville on Thursday, May 4, proving their designs workable and showing that each reusable rocket will perform as intended. The students will launch their rockets Saturday, May 6, in Manchester, Tenn.

What: NASA Student Launch Initiative rocket exhibition and launch

Who: High school rocket teams from:

  • Edison High School, Fresno, Calif.
  • Laguna Creek High School, Elk Grove, Calif.
  • Lakewood High School, Lakewood, Colo.
  • Plantation High School, Plantation, Fla.
  • Munfordville Elementary, Munfordville, Ky.
  • Caro High School, Caro, Mich.
  • Southfield High School, Southfield, Mich.
  • Oakton High School, Vienna, Va.
  • Madison West High School, Madison, Wis.
  • University School of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wis.

Rocket exhibition: Thursday, May 4, 9 a.m. CDT
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
Huntsville, Ala.

Rocket launch: Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m. CDT
Mid Tenn. Turf Inc. sod farm
Manchester, Tenn.

NASA will recognize teams with plaques for excellence in various categories such as best vehicle design, payload and Web site development at a banquet in Huntsville Saturday night, May 6.