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Thanks for being here, everyone -- a great AMA with all of you. Thanks for all the questions, and hope you get a chance to watch the live Ustream of the Student Launch on Saturday, May 17. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc
NASA and ATK will host the Student Launch rocketry challenge at Bonneville Salt Flats in Tooele County, Utah May 15-17. This event challenges student teams from colleges and universities around the country to launch rockets carrying onboard science and engineering experiments they designed to heights up to 20,000 feet. One of the NASA programs that is a key supporter of this rocketry challenge is the Space Launch System, or SLS. SLS is the new rocket NASA is building managed out of the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. SLS will be the biggest, most powerful launch vehicle ever built with the ability to take us further into the solar system than ever before.
ATK is based out of Brigham City, Utah and is the prime contractor for the solid rocket boosters that will be used for the first two, 70-metric-ton-flights of the SLS.
Bruce Tiller, deputy manager of the SLS Program Booster Office at Marshall
Gordon Russell, ATK Launch Systems project manager at Marshall
Julie Clift, education specialist and Student Launch planning team lead at Marshall
Eddie Jeffries, technical coordinator for Student Launch
Jason Stumfoll, intern for Student Launch
Shannon Ridinger, Marshall Center Public Affairs Officer