MILLBURN, NJ - A team of Millburn High School students is getting ready to take their experiment lunar.
Team Mercury, out of Millburn was one of two winning teams in the NASA App Development Challenge
According to a press release from the Millburn School District, the challenge revolved around middle and high school teams designing an app to visualize three minutes of simulated test data, which would help support the June flight test of the Orion spacecraft’s Launch Abort System (LAS), called Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2).
The test will demonstrate whether the LAS can send Orion and its crew a safe distance, should an emergency arises during ascent into orbit.
The flight test is a critical step to demonstrate Orion’s safety. A successful test will further spaceflight goals, as NASA leads the next steps of human exploration toward the Moon and into deep space.
Team Mercury from Millburn is one of two teams that have been selected for an all-expenses-paid trip to the Kennedy Space Center. They will go down at the end of June where they will meet with scientists and engineers, and work with the team to possibly run their app with actual flight test data.
Challenge Lead Teacher John Yi, and Dave Farrell, Hilton Seibert, and Gabe Rhodes helped to advise and mentor Millburn students Darcy Gruer, Claire Yan, Sarah Rose, Max Koenig, Javier Coindreau and Andrew Chen with their app project.
The group's video can be seen here.