Wednesday, April 19, 2017

5 things that went into space in April

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Ex-Alta #1 Cube Satellite
The Ex-Alta #1 Cube Satellite, designed and built by U of A students
It’s been a big month for the U of A in space. On April 18, Alberta’s first satellite—designed and built by U of A students—launched into space aboard an Atlas V rocket. The Ex-Alta #1 (short for Experimental Albertan) was built by AlbertaSat, an interdisciplinary, student-led group at the U of A. The Ex-Alta #1 joined roughly 50 other cube satellites on board the Atlas V rocket to journey from the Kennedy Space Center to the International Space Station.

To celebrate the momentous occasion, we’ve assembled a list of 5 things that went into space this month—because it isn’t every day that the U of A makes that list.

1. 1710 tonnes of atmospheric material 

We leak roughly 90 tonnes per day – who knew?

2. The Long March 3B 

A Chinese orbital carrier rocket

3. Cygnus 

An unmanned spacecraft used to resupply the International Space Station

4. The Ex-Alta #1! 

A cube satellite designed and built by University of Alberta students! Read more about the launch here


5. Team Rocket 

Unconfirmed - but they seem to explode into space every week
Courtesy of GIPHY

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