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Check out this stellar 06/24/22 update from Saint Mary’s own Technology Teacher & NASA Solar System Ambassador, Mr. Peter Tlusty!

At 5:35 AM this morning, our Cubes in Space team watched as two of their experiments traveled to space! The cubes were on board a NASA sounding rocket flying out of NASA Wallops Island. The rocket will be recovered in the Atlantic Ocean and experiments will be returned to students for post-flight study around noon today.

Above: The 36-foot long two-stage rocket will carry 39 experiments (measuring acceleration, humidity, pressure, temperature and radiation counts) from the RockOn program,  7 experiments in the RockSat-C program and approximately 80 small cubes with experiments developed by middle school and high school students as part of the Cubes in Space program, a partnership between idoodlelearning inc., Wallops and the Colorado Space Grant Consortium. Source:

Thank you to Lourdes O. (rising 8th grader), Ana R. (SMCS ’21), East B. (rising 7th grader) and their families who have made the trip to Wallops to help with the experiments and view the launch in person.

Ana and Lourdes will share their experience on Monday, June 27th at 9 AM on CBS 6’s Virginia This Morning during the show’s “Something to Smile About” segment. Click here to view the segment.

Congratulations to all of our middle school students who took part in this project!