NASA launches satellites for science experiment that has big connection to Colorado

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA launched a rocket Thursday night that’s part of a mission to put several satellites into earth’s orbit. Four spacecraft are going up to study the magnetic reconnection that occurs with the earth’s magnetosphere.

An Atlas V rocket carried the four satellites into space for this new science experiment.

The project has a big connection to Colorado. A team of students at CU in Boulder will be in charge of sending commands to the spacecraft while it’s in space.

They can tell it to move or collect data.

The students will work closely with scientists the whole time. The mission will last about five-and-a-half months.

CU students will be working shifts around the clock for the entire mission to control it.

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