WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (WUSA9 ) -- On Tuesday night NASA launched an Orbital Minotaur I Rocket into space from its facility in Wallops Island.
Among other things, that rocket was carrying a history making project for a group of about 50 Fairfax County high school students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. The group of students managed to build a cube satellite measuring 10 inchesby 10 inches by 11 inches.
The project took seven years to complete.
The students say they will be able to send text messages to the satellite from around the world and it will be able to respond.
The teacher leading the project, Adam Kemp said, "This was truly a breath taking experience, and to have all of my students who dedicated so much time to this project...it's really a special moment."
Nicholas Allegro, who is now a sophomore in college, is one of the 50 students who participated in the project. He first got involved about four years ago when he was still in high school at Thomas Jefferson.
Allegro, who was also presentat the launch on Wallops Island, said, "I've been waiting for this for years and I've been working towards this and putting a lot into it and i'm just so happy."