University of Alabama students are helping NASA and research scientists around the world find out more about our part of the solar system.
The university and NASA signed an agreement today formally starting the project. Students will get a chance to work with propulsion systems for small, disposable satellites.
Jody Singer with the Marshall Space Flight Center said it’s all about getting students hands-on experience.
“It brings interaction between NASA and the students and the faculty,” she said. “And that brings a partnership that just enables us to be able to go forward in the future.”
After the satellites finish gathering data in earth’s orbit, they’ll fall back to the planet and burn up in our atmosphere. NASA said it’s aiming for the new satellites to have movement capabilities, and they’re counting on UA’s students to make that happen.
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