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KCC students take top prize in space contest

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 7:42 a.m. HST, Jun 14, 2013

A team of Kapiolani Community College students won the top prize at an international competition for building and launching a space-related mission.

The school is celebrating their achievement with a reception on campus today.

Team Mod 6 won the Cansat competition last weekend after eight months of preparation. The seven-member team defeated teams representing top universities from Iran, Canada, India and the United States.

Members of KCC's Cansat team were Diamond Tachera, Kelsey Kawaguchi, Rae-zan Raposas, Joshua Tamayo, Logan Tamayo, McClyde Gaborno and Taylor Viti.

In January, the students presented a 100-page document describing their design to NASA judges.

They later launched their final payload on a rocket flying about 2000 feet in the atmosphere above Texas. Afterward they analyzed data collected during the flight.

The Cansat competition is sponsored by NASA, the American Astronautical Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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