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Dec 29, 2009 9:31 AM by Associated Press

CU-Boulder gets grant to build tiny spacecraft

The University of Colorado at Boulder has received $840,000 from the National Science Foundation to build a tiny spacecraft to learn more about solar flares and their effect on Earth's atmosphere.

The three-year grant will go to CU-Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics and the aerospace engineering sciences department. Graduate students working with the faculty, scientists and engineers will build a 5-pound spacecraft about the size of a loaf of bread.

The instrument package on the Colorado Student Space Weather Experiment will gather data on particles tied to "space weather."

Students are expected to start building the spacecraft during the spring semester.

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