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Posted on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 8:58 a.m.

NASA rocket takes 2 U-M student-built satellites into space

By Cindy Heflin

About 20 University of Michigan students this morning are celebrating the launch into space of two satellites they built, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The satellites, M-cubed and RAX, will take pictures of earth, test a specialized computer for future space flights and take measurements of the atmosphere, the Free Press reported.

The satellites, launched on a NASA rocket today, were expected to start broadcasting signals mid-morning, the newspaper said. U-M was among three universities with satellites on the rocket.



Sat, Oct 29, 2011 : 3:42 p.m.

This is not cool and really it is not cool. A few days ago a German satellite returned to earth and fortunately it landed in Bay of Bengal without harming people or property. The Space is getting crowded with too many satellites and other debris associated with this business of launching satellites. If people build satellites, they must be held fully accountable for all the consequences of any use of their product. I will be happy to have the full information of satellite builders and if a situation demands, we need to hold them accountable. The Rocket fuel as it burns may release chlorinated componds in the atmosphere causing problems like depletion of Ozone in the upper atmosphere. There should be International Control of all satellites and they should be used under rules and regulations if agencies like NASA do not know as to when and where the satellites return to earth.

Kai Petainen

Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 1:58 p.m.

wow. that's seriously really cool. to the students -- congrats!


Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 1:57 p.m.

Real Cool!