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    Satellite built by USU undergraduates completes space mission

    Ben Willard and Carter Page are undergraduate students at Utah State University and they've already sent a satellite into space.

    "This is an accomplishment that most people go their entire careers without even coming close to," said Willard.

    Willard and Page are both members of a group of undergraduate students at USU called the Get Away Special team. In December, their team launched the Get Away Special Passive Attitude Control Satellite, or GASPACS, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The CubeSat's destination was the International Space Station.

    The initial launch was successful and the team announced Tuesday that after spending 117 days in space, GASPACS concluded its mission, deorbiting and burning up in the atmosphere last week.

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