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Student-signed poster heading to space

Friday, May 2, 2008

Samuel Beyers signs the Space Day poster at Jackson Township Elementary School Friday. After every student signs the poster, it will accompany a space crew on a mission to the International Space Station.
Part of Jackson Township Elementary School will be launched into space this fall.

Through Space Day, a program set up by NASA in 1997, a poster signed by all of the school's students will travel up to the International Space Station on Mission Launch STS126.

Third-grade teacher Marguerite Morlan organized the activities for the day for the school. She said only 500 schools participate each year in the program, and more than 4.5 million kids all over the world have participated.

The signed poster will return to Jackson Township after its space travel, along with a certificate of space flight and a photo of the mission's crew.

Volunteers decorated Morlan's classroom with neon posters of the solar system. While students watched a video of a shuttle launch, black lights illuminated the glow-in-the-dark artwork.

Classes cycled into Morlan's classroom, and after the video, participated in a space-themed activity.

Younger kids designed paper airplanes, and used marked off distances on the hallway carpeting to determine how far they would go.

Older kids were able to launch rocket ships of their own.

Part of the Space Day celebration revolved around NASA's birthday. The space program has been in existence for 50 years.

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