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University Teams to Let Their Rockets Fly Saturday, May 5, as Part of NASA Student Launch Initiative
Daniel Kanigan
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

Media advisory: M07-051

Students from seven universities in the Southeastern United States will let their rockets fly in Tennessee this Saturday, May 5, as part of NASA's Student Launch Initiative. Managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., the competition allows students to gain practical experience in scientific research and in aerospace and engineering activities by designing, building and launching their own rockets, complete with a science payload.

Each team spent the 2006-2007 academic year developing a rocket, preparing and presenting formal reviews for panels of NASA engineers, developing Web sites to showcase their work and testing systems associated with their rocket. NASA and ATK Launch Systems will sponsor the winning team to see a space shuttle launch. With the Boeing Company as a major sponsor, the event is managed by the Marshall Center and the Huntsville Area Rocketry Association.

What: NASA Student Launch Initiative rocket launch

Who: University rocket teams* from:

  • Alabama A&M University in Huntsville
  • Auburn University in Auburn, Ala.
  • Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Mississippi State University in Starkville (two teams)
  • University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Vanderbilt University in Nashville

  • *Harding University in Searcy, Ark., launched their rocket April 28 When/Where: Saturday, May 5, 10:30 a.m. CDT / Mid Tenn. Turf Inc. sod farm / Manchester, Tenn.

    Media interested in attending any part of the event must contact the Marshall Center Public and Employee Communications Office at 256-544-0034.