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Virginia Tech Team Part Of NASA Rocket Challenge

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File photo of a rocket going into space (Photo by Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Students from Virginia Tech are among teams from across the country participating in NASA’s rocketry challenge.

The federal space agency says the teams will each design and build a large, high-powered rocket, capable of flying to the target altitude of one mile. The rockets also must include a working science or engineering payload.

Officials say NASA created the rocketry challenge to encourage young people to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

Next year the teams will travel to Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, where their rockets will undergo a series of intensive reviews and safety inspections. Then in April, the rockets will be launched over northern Alabama for consideration in a variety of annual awards.

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