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Posted: Friday, May 3, 2019 7:17 pm

Two space systems engineering students who were accepted to internships with NASA and Massachusetts Institute of Technology will be working on new technology to be sent into space. 

Sarah Estep, a graduate of Somerset High school, will be working at Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California while Kristen Ammons, a graduate of Rowan County High school, will be working at Haystack Observatory in Massachusetts 

“Since freshman year of high school, I knew this was what I wanted to do. I would tell people I was going to be an aerospace engineer, said Estep. 

Estep will be working with NASA to create a glider that is set to monitor the atmosphere of Mars, while Ammons will be working on a CubeSat at Haystack Observatory called Arrow that will be sent to look at the Northern and Southern Lights.  

“What really sets our program apart, I think, from larger schools like UK and Louisville, is something that you wouldn’t get at a larger school and that’s we have the opportunity as undergraduate students to be actively involved in projects,” said Ammons. 

Ammons said many other schools do not allow students to use their equipment until their senior year or graduate school, whereas MSU students can gain hands-on knowledge from their freshman year. 

Ammons, who also played a part in creating The Society of Women in Space Exploration, a program for male or female students in any major who are interested in space science to support women, said MSU also plays a vital role in space science because of the number of female students. 

Our program is about at the 50/50 percent male to female mark, and that’s incredible,” said Ammons 

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