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Rockets Away! Middle School, High School Rocketeers From 11 States to Participate in NASA's Student Launch Initiative April 25-26
Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

Media Advisory: M08-053

What: Sixteen student teams from middle schools and high schools in 10 states will gather in North Alabama April 25-26, bringing with them sophisticated rockets of their own design -- the culmination of their work in NASA's 2007-2008 Student Launch Initiative. Teams will display their projects April 25 at a rocket fair at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and will launch the rockets April 26 in Toney, Ala.

Members of the media are invited to the rocket fair and the launch to interview student rocketeers and see their creations fly. The launch, a free event, is open to the public.

NASA's Student Launch Initiative challenges student teams to build their own rockets, capable of flying working science payloads -- also of the students' own design -- to an altitude of 1 mile and retrieving them intact. The annual rocketeering event, managed by the Marshall Center, gives students practical experience managing complex scientific research and conducting aerospace and engineering projects from drawing board to launch pad. Student teams are eligible to participate in the Student Launch Initiative if they placed among the top 25 finalists in the annual Team America Rocketry Challenge, a nationwide rocket competition sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry.

Who: Sixteen middle school and high school teams, including students from Plantation High School in Plantation, Fla. (two teams); Byron High School in Byron, Ill.; St. Andrews Lutheran School in Park Ridge, Ill.; Millington High School in Millington, Mich.; Benson High School Magnet Center in Omaha, Neb.; West Point-Beemer High School in West Point, Neb.; Weare Middle School and John Stark Regional High School in Weare, N.H.; Statesville Christian School in Statesville, N.C.; W.G. Enloe High School in Raleigh, N.C.; Yough High School in Herminie, Pa.; Frenship High School in Wolfforth, Texas; Krueger Middle School in San Antonio, Texas; Lloyd C. Bird High School in Chesterfield, Va.; Madison West High School in Madison, Wis.; and Washington County 4-H in Slinger, Wis.

When: Rocket fair -- 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. CDT, Friday, April 25
Rocket launch -- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 26

Where: Rocket fair -- Buildings 4200 and 4203 lobbies, Marshall Center
Rocket launch -- Bragg Farms, 1180 Grimwood Road, Toney, Ala.

To attend: News media interested in covering these events should contact Angela Storey in the Marshall Center's Public & Employee Communications Office at 256-544-0034 no later than 4 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 24. Media attending the rocket fair must report to the Redstone Arsenal Joint Visitor Control Center at Gate 9, Interstate 565 interchange at Rideout Road/Research Park Boulevard. Vehicles are subject to a security search at the gate. News media will need two photo identifications and proof of car insurance. Visitor parking is available in front of Building 4200 on the southwest side.