ATLANTA – While many people were sleeping, a team of Georgia Tech students were on a mission to the moon and beyond.
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On Sunday, Georgia Tech College of Engineering students helped launch the Lunar Flashlight spacecraft into orbit around 3:47 a.m.
A video posted on the school’s Facebook page shows the moment students first came into contact with the space craft.
The students cheered, clapped and seemed to breathe a sigh of relief.
According to the announcement, the students are serving as mission control. They are pointing the spacecraft toward the moon, where it will use infrared lasers to search for frozen water.
The presence of water and ice could be the key to enabling long-term missions to the Moon and beyond.
It is therefore also a critical part of NASA’s future space exploration.
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