25th December 2010, 11:30 PM
SHIPPENSBURG, Pennsylvania USA — Shippensburg University student Lucas Kalathas, a senior physics major and math minor, will compete against students from across the country this spring in the annual NASA Student Launch Projects Rocketry Challenge. Kalathas received a $5,000 grant to compete against more than 500 students from 25 states. In University Student Launch Initiative, 33 teams will go head-to-head while 19 middle school and high teams will tackle the Student Launch Initiative. NASA designed the projects to give science, math and engineering students a taste of real-world experience. The teams will bring their rockets to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., where engineers developing the nation's next-generation launch vehicles will put the rockets through a flight readiness review and safety inspection. Students will then launch their rockets on April 16.