- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) - Two Morehead State University Space Science Center students have tracked down a miniature satellite built by Virginia elementary schools students that was thought to have been lost in space.

Students Cody Robinson and Maria LeMaster used the university’s 21-meter radio antenna to hunt for the STMSat-1 satellite, which had been built by students from St. Thomas More Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia. The satellite’s frequency had not been detected since it was released from the International Space Station on May 16, reported the Independent of Ashland (https://bit.ly/1TSudzQ ).

The project developers teamed up with NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center to try to track the satellite and suggested that frequency issues could have occurred. That’s when the NASA team reached out to MSU for help, and Robinson and LeMaster came into play.

Robinson and LeMaster discovered that the signal had shifted down to a lower frequency. The discovery of a faint signal on May 24 meant that the students could finally hear and receive images from the satellite they had built.

“Morehead State has prepared us for things like this,” said LeMaster. “It’s even better that elementary school students are getting interested in space.”

Space Science Center Director Dr. Ben Malphrus says this discovery is the second satellite that students in the MSU space science program have found over the summer.

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Information from: The Independent, https://www.dailyindependent.com

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