Marion and Harrison Students Learn About NASA MMS Satellite

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Students from Marion and Harrison Counties got an out of this world lesson Friday.

NASA hosted a launch party for the Magneto-spheric Multi-scale, a satellite studying the Sun’s and Earth’s magnetic fields.

Barrackville and Mountaineer Middle School students watched video from last night’s launch and learned about the science behind the satellite’s mission.

“We went to the NASA website and studied up on the MMS launch, so pretty much what we’re doing today is studying the Atlas V rocket and how it’s containing the four MMS satellites,” said Conner Rush, Barrackville Middle School 7th Grader.

“We learned about sunspots. We saw these little tiny black spots, and that would be about the size of the Earth. I’ve done a few STEM activities before, but nothing like this. This is really neat and interesting to learn,” said Sophia Flower, Barrackville Middle School 7th Grader.

Paw Paw students built a life-sized model of the MMS spacecraft, which is on display at the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center.

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