Students send text messages to space

Posted at: 11/12/2013 5:38 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Early this morning, senior physics students at Bosque School fired up their computers to boldly go where none of them have gone before.

More specifically: where no text has gone before.

Ben Curry, a Physics Teacher at Bosque School, said that his students "send out text messages via computer to a satellite communications array up in space and that will bounce off the satellite and actually be sent to the payload which is inside the Up Aerospace Rocket," which was launched from Spaceport America.

It's called "#TextsToSpace."   

The historic experiment is a joint effort conducted by NASA, Bosque School, and Satwest, a satellite communications company.     

The goal: to see if texts can be sent to space.

"Text messaging is kind of like a big thing in our generation and usually it's seen as something bad but we can use it to like, do something good," said Caroline Shubert, a senior at the school.

The students sent famous one liners from the movies like "To infinity...and beyond," from Toy Story and "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore," from The Wizard of Oz.

Before they could test out their text messages, they had to wait for the rocket to leave the Spaceport.

After an hour delay, there was liftoff, followed by texts, then celebration!

The first official text message that was sent to space said "hasta la vista, baby" from Terminator 2: Judgment Day.