HERE’S WHY NASA IS SENDING A GARDENS SCHOOL’S SATELLITE INTO SPACE

Published Monday, March 13, 2017

 

A student of The Weiss School speaks with
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson during his visit to
Palm Beach Gardens on Saturday, March
11, 2017. Nelson announced to students
and their parents that NASA will launch
a satellite they made into space, possibly
as early as 2018.

Photo courtesy of The Weiss School

Palm Beach Gardens students put their sweat and smarts into building a satellite that will soon launch into space.

Sen. Bill Nelson, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee that oversees NASA, came to The Weiss School Saturday afternoon to give students good news. Theirs is one of 34 satellites NASA will launch into space. The WeissSat-1 will be launched on a mission in 2018, 2019 or 2020, according to Nelson’s office.

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After it’s launched, WeissSat-1 will study bacteria that has thawed after being trapped in ice, according to Nelson’s office.

Students at The Weiss School in Palm Beach Gardens
showcase their work for U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson during
his visit on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Nelson came to
deliver the news that NASA will launch a satellite the
students made into space, possibly as soon as 2018.

Photo courtesy of The Weiss School

Fifth through eighth grade students at the school for gifted students spent years designing, building and testing small satellites.

This is only the second time NASA has chosen a satellite built by elementary and middle school students to go to space, according to Nelson’s office.

WeissSat-1 will be launched as part of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative, which gives schools and nonprofits hands-on experience developing and building small satellites to do research or demonstrate new technology, according to Nelson’s office.

CubeSats are small, cube-shaped research satellites that are only about four inches on each side. They weigh less than three pounds, according to Nelson’s office.

Former NASA astronaut Story Musgrave, who completed six space flights and a Hubble Telescope rescue mission, spoke to students at the school in September.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson poses for a photo with students
from The Weiss School. He came to the Palm Beach
Gardens school to deliver the news that NASA will
launch a satellite they made into space.

Photo courtesy of The Weiss School

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