(Updated at 11:15 a.m.) Students at St. Thomas More Cathedral School (STM) are taking part in what has been dubbed “Mission Possible.” It’s a rare opportunity build a satellite and launch it into orbit.
According to an article published this week by Satnews.com, students will get assistance from a NASA Mission Manager in building a CubeSat, which is a miniature satellite used for space research. The satellite will collect data to be used for school research in math and science.
More than 60 high schools and universities participate in the CubeSat program, but STM would be the country’s first Pre-K through 8th grade elementary school to participate. The goal is to launch the CubeSat by 2014.
STM received its first donation to assist with the satellite launch from ATK Space Systems. Anyone interested in donating additional resources or time to the project should contact STM’s computer teacher, Melissa Pore, at firstname.lastname@example.org.