Patton students visit space research center

Patton students visit space research center
Posted on 05/24/2019

Patton High School’s robotics team was invited to the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) near Brevard, North Carolina on May 2. Patton students have been working with a team at Brevard College to build a sister Mars Rovers, which the engineering classes at Patton could remotely control and create new projects or utilize to complete projects which already exist. After getting a tour of the campus, the team was able to go to PARI and show the scientists and facilitators their own robot, which they competed with this year. Landyn Hartman also presented in front of a group of 20 prospective investors for PARI about their robot and the competition they were involved in. While at PARI, Joey Seevers, Landyn Hartman and Sully Styles were able to remotely control other Mars Rovers already built on site there and a $6 million telescope. They also walked through the small museum there, which houses a 6.2-million-year-old space rock, a radioactive space rock, which they were able to touch, a part of the wing from the Columbia space shuttle, and various other artifacts, which have been to space, found on the moon or been tested by astronauts at the facility. PARI is one of 27 other sites which were utilized during early space exploration and most notably one of the communication and testing hubs used during the Apollo missions. After the Apollo missions, NASA turned the facility over to the US Department of Defense, where it was utilized as surveillance during the Cold War. Shortly after it was handed over for educational purposes and has been ever since.


 Patton students visit space research center


Patton students visit space research center  
 Patton students visit space research center

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