Clear Creek ISD students in the High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) Program at Clear Creek High School witnessed history Tuesday, March 22, when the galley table they constructed for the International Space Station (ISS) successfully launched into space.
The table, along with more than three tons of important scientific equipment and supplies for this resupply services mission, launched at 10:05 p.m. in an Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The expected arrival date to the ISS is on March 26, 2016.
“The strong partnership with NASA and CCISD was on display with the launching of the Atlas 5 which will carry a galley table created by NASA and Clear Creek High School students,” said Principal James Majewski. “Clear Creek is proud of all of the hard work that the students and their teacher, William Gibbs, have put in to bring this experience of a lifetime to fruition alongside NASA, who made this all possible.”
Astronauts within the ISS will use the table as a dining, work station and storage area. The Clear Creek HUNCH students have been working on this project alongside NASA engineers for the last several years, and were responsible for drawing up plans, creating the parts and testing them for accuracy.
The work of the students, teachers and mentors has been such a success that NASA has asked for the students to build 150 storage lockers for the ISS over the next five years. Through this partnership, NASA hires students during the summer to work on space hardware and gain more experience for their future careers. CCISD is proud to not only offer real world experiences for students, but also ‘out-of-this-world’ opportunities.
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