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PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman students participate in 24th annual space flight simulation

Saturday, February 11, 2012 | 4:32 p.m. CST; updated 3:07 p.m. CST, Sunday, February 12, 2012

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Aeronautics and Space Association's 24th annual space flight simulation took place at Hickman High School on Friday. Students participating in the CASA simulation experienced what working on a NASA space shuttle flight is like.

Kyle Huebotter stands at the front of Mission Control at a Columbia Aeronautics and Space Association simulation at Hickman High School on Friday. Those sitting at the Mission Control computers are in charge of decoding any satellite messages they receive and communicating with the student astronauts.
Patrick Britt and Michael Lowery are members of the production crew at Columbia Aeronautics and Space Association's 24th annual space flight simulation at Hickman High School on Friday. The majority of the mission is televised on Channel 81 during the week.
Space suits hang in the supply closet of Columbia Aeronautics and Space Association during the 24th annual space flight simulation at Hickman High School on Friday. There are eight beds for some students to sleep at the school for the week-long duration of the program.
Austin Knigge lies on a cot in the "Biocube," a medical wing of the space shuttle at Columbia Aeronautics and Space Association 24th annual space flight simulation at Hickman High School on Friday. Students who participate in the simulation may be "gravely injured" as part of the simulation.
Grace Lupo and Ethan Line pilot the orbiter at Columbia Aeronautics and Space Association's 24th space flight simulation at Hickman High School on Friday.

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