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Thunder Over Alabama! Follow 55 Student Rocketeering Teams During Annual NASA Student 'Launchfest' Live April 22 on Ustream, Twitter
Students compete in the NASA Student Launch Initiative. Students compete in the NASA Student Launch Initiative. (NASA/MSFC)
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Update, April 20, 2012, 5:00 p.m. EDT: Due to the prediction of inclement weather on Saturday, April 21, the launches are now planned for Sunday, April 22 at Bragg Farms.
Members of the media and public are invited to get online to watch the culminating "launchfest" that will round out the 2011-12 NASA Student Launch Projects, the agency's annual engineering and science challenge for students across the country. On April 21, more than 500 students, representing 55 middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities in 29 states, will launch sophisticated rockets of their own design -- complete with working science payloads -- into the skies over North Alabama.

NASA will provide live coverage of the event on the social Web service UStream, complete with embedded Twitter feed:


Launch enthusiasts also may keep up with real-time flight data -- including how close each team comes to the goal altitude of 1 mile high -- and post-launch awards show results via the direct Twitter feed at:


Launches are set to begin April 21 at Bragg Farms in Toney, Ala., at 8 a.m. CDT, and will last until approximately 4 p.m. The awards ceremony will be held that evening at 7 p.m. CDT. (In the event of rain, launches will be held April 22 at Bragg Farms.)

News media interested in covering the event should contact Angela Storey in the Marshall Center Public & Employee Communications Office at 256-714-4370 no later than noon CDT Friday, April 20.

For more information about this and other NASA Education initiatives, visit:


by Rick Smith and Megan Davidson
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Media Contact:
Angela Storey, 256-544-0034
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.