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NASA calls Thomas Jefferson students' satellite a success

11:25 PM, Dec 23, 2013   |    comments
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA 9) -- It's been about one month since a handmade satellite built by high school students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology was launched into space from Virginia's Wallops Island. 

"It's making history, it's making space accessible to anybody," said Rohan Punnoose, the student leading the project at Thomas Jefferson.

The goal is for students all over the world be able to communicate by sending text messages to and from the satellite. Although students are still trying to make contact with their satellite, NASA administrator Charles Bolden is calling the mission a success.

"In my mind, they have accomplished their mission objective in getting off the ground, getting into space, and everything from here on out is gravy," said Bolden.

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