Copperas Cove: Local students participate in NASA program

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COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) Two Copperas Cove teenagers are reaching for the stars by working to become part of the NASA team.

Abdiel Lopez and Christopher Penman are both juniors at Copperas Cove High School.

When they heard about a special program created by NASA for high schoolers looking to become part of the team, both of them immediately signed up.

They are interacting with engineers at NASA’s Johnson space center through an online learning course.

When the course is completed, both will spend a week at the space center for more hands-on learning.

Lopez and Penman says they hope to inspire others to take an interest in science and discover the mysteries out in space.

“What I would say to other students is just try to understand the concept. If you understand the concept you can figure it out,” Penman said.

Both tracked the historic launch Tuesday of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The Falcon Heavy is now the most powerful rocket in use.

Penman says he is looked forward to studying aerospace engineering in college while Lopez study’s to become an astronaut.