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12-14-1998

Norwood-norfolk And Edwards-knox Students Take Part In World's First Nearlink Mission At Clarkson University

[A photo for newspaper use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/nearlink.jpg]

Clarkson University was the site of the world's first NEARLink Mission in November. The Clarkson mission included contact with mission controllers, simulation of a spacecraft launch, and a fly-by of the asteroid Mathilde. Dana M. Barry, Clarkson Space Grant Program administrator, organized the Mission.  nearlink

NEARLink is the educational component of NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous  (NEAR) Mission.  The mission held at Clarkson was made possible by NASA/Space Explorers, Inc. Mission participants included students and faculty from the Clarkson Space Grant Program's adopted schools Norwood-Norfolk Central School and Edwards-Knox Central School and Clarkson undergraduates. 

Team members from Norwood-Norfolk Central School include Faculty Advisor David Lennox; Assistant Principal Jon Sovay; and students Paul D. Vincenzo, Jen Gong, Jake Kishpaugh, Matt Kishpaugh, Julie La Brake, Kevin La Point, Brandon Manchester, John Martin, Nichole Martin, Jennifer Moorey, Chris Perme, Greg Smith and Lillian Roy. 

Team members from Edwards-Knox Central School include Faculty Advisor Jim Buckley;  and students Crystal Guiles, Heather McDonald, Becky Barstow, Emily Meilleur, Amy Horne, Andrew Daniels, Jason Hance, Derrick Moore, Chace Perry and Greg Painter. The Clarkson University undergraduate team representative is Kevin Alston.

This Mission was part of the Clarkson Space Grant Program, which is directed by Dr. Daniel T. Valentine, professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering, and administrated by Dr. Dana M. Barry, technical writer for Clarkson's Center for Advanced Materials Processing  (CAMP).

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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