Magazine article ASEE Prism

Out of This World

Magazine article ASEE Prism

Out of This World

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Call it cosmic hitchhiking. When the shuttle Endeavor took off on December 5, three Penn State experiments hitched a ride.

Students at Penn State took advantage of NASA's Get Away special program, which allows groups to send canisters up with shuttle launches for a fee. Lockheed-Martin donated the space for three experiments to the school's College of Engineering for the December launch. This is Penn State's third foray with the program-the school sent up experiments on the 1986 Columbia shuttle and on board the 1996 launch of Endeavor.

This time around, their capsule traveled aboard the Endeavor on its 10-day mission to the international space station. During that time, the projects that the students designed were executed and the results were recorded by a computer program designed by electrical engineering junior Mike Wyland.

The three experiments, one measuring orbital debris, a germination experiment, and another using a magnetometer, are the end result of over five

years of work. …

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