20 November 2013
An Orbital Sciences Minotaur I rocket launched a smartphone and 28 other tiny satellites Tuesday evening from Wallops Island. The payloads are part of NASA’s investigations using small, cheap, orbiting science projects. One of the satellites launched, the TJCubeSat, was built by students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, the first satellite sent into space built by high school students. Students expect it to stay in space for about three months. There was a delay in the launch due to an issue with a North Carolina tracking station. Despite that issue, the rocket launched, breaking the record for the largest number of satellites ever launched aboard a single rocket in the United States. (Image Credit: NASA)
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