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Huntsville area high schools to participate in NASA rocketry program.



Student groups from Lee High School and New Century Technology High School in the Huntsville, Alabama Huntsville is the county seat of Madison County, Alabama. Huntsville is the largest city in northern Alabama in a region of a half-million people, with the city proper having 168,132 residents (2006 estimate). , area have each been awarded a grant of $2,500 to participate in NASA's Student Launch Initiative.

The initiative, which is managed by the education program at NASA's Marshall Space Fight Center, is intended to motivate students to pursue careers in science, math and engineering. It allows teams of high school students to experience hands-on, practical aerospace and engineering projects similar to what they would find in a professional environment.

"There's a real need to excite (Excite.com, Irvington, NY, www.excite.com) One of the major search engines on the Web founded in 1995 and part of IAC Search & Media. Excite was acquired by Ask Jeeves, Inc. in 2004, which was acquired by IAC in 2005. See Web search engines.  young people about careers in science and engineering, and we believe the Student Launch Initiative can help," says Jim Pruitt, manager of the Marshall Education Programs Department. "It gives them a preview of what it's like to actually work in an engineering environment, and this exposure could inspire the students to be our next generation of explorers."

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 the Marshall Space Flight Center The George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), the original home of NASA, is a lead center for propulsion, Space Shuttle propulsion, Shuttle external fuel tank, crew training and payloads, International Space Station (ISS) design and construction, for computers, networks, and , under the guidance of engineers at the center, students participating in the initiative design, build and launch a rocket as a first step toward the goal of ultimately flying to an altitude altitude, vertical distance of an object above some datum plane, such as mean sea level or a reference point on the earth's surface. It is usually measured by the reduction in atmospheric pressure with height, as shown on a barometer or altimeter.  of one mile. This year's launch event is set for spring 2004.

For more information about the Student Launch Initiative, visit http://education.msfc.nasa.gov/sli, or for information about other NASA programs, visit www.nasa.gov.
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