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Valencia engineering students launch parachutes at KSC

Valencia engineering students launch parachutes at KSC

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER — Sean Brooks wore a "Special NASA Guest" badge pinned to his shirt and a hard hat ... just in case. He climbed 247 feet on an unfinished mobile launcher that will someday launch rockets into outer space. On the elevator ride up, his ears popped as if he were on an airplane. Brooks, 28, was one of about two dozen Valencia College students granted rare inside access to Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday for a unique extracurricular project. They were given an engineering challenge to design, build and launch their own parachutes. "Do you feel like an astronaut?" asked Charles Davis, the college's engineering-department adviser, when...

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