Rowan University Student-Built Nanosatellite Launched into Space by NASA

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GLASSBORO, N.J. -

A project created right here in South Jersey is out of this world, literally.

A team from the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering created a nanosatellite that was launched into space by NASA on the morning of Friday, July 13th.

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The Rowan CubeSat Project is called MemSat and will measure the effects of heat and radiation on memristors, which are electronic devices where information can be stored.

Members of the team came together this morning to watch their own project  launch from the International Space Station and into orbit.

The professors say that the project showed over 100 students that hard work can really pay off.

"We worked our fannies off. There's an awful lot of work that goes into this, not only do you have to design things, but you also have to test things and tests often fail," said John Schmalzel, professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Rowan is the only college or university in the state ever selected to participate in NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative.

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