To infinity and beyond: West Chicago students prepare to launch experiment into space
WEST CHICAGO – Not all teenagers can say they’ve launched something into space, but for a group of Wheaton Academy students, those bragging rights aren’t far out of reach.
The West Chicago high school started an International Space Station Program this year in partnership with other institutions, giving 10 of its students the opportunity to send an experiment into space to study how it is affected by the lack of strong gravitational pull.
“The objective here is through this program and the engineering that we started, we develop scientists and graduate students with a high caliber of engineering and science,” said Ali Atashroo, who is one of the International Space Station Program (ISS) mentors and director of the school’s new engineering course.
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