We have lift off in Tuscaloosa.
Not of a spaceship, but a partnership between NASA and the University of Alabama.
That's big news for engineering students like Ebony Kelley.
"Like, I had a moment. When I found out about it, I was really, really excited because I never thought I'd be able to talk to representatives from the company," Kelley said.
The freshman was one dozens of students there when school and NASA officials signed an agreement allowing 20 to 30 students to work on a NASA project.
"It really brings hands-on experience. It brings interaction between NASA and the students and the faculty," said Jody Singer, deputy director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.
The students will test and make parts used in propulsion systems for small satellites to orbit Earth.
NASA set up a small fair outside the Engineering research center to get kids excited about the project.
That's something Kelley would love to take part in.
"I'm really interested in math, science and aircraft. And NASA is just a really program that's broad and I want to work for the center in Texas," Kelley explained.
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