Franklin Students Help NASA Build Space Hardware

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FRANKLIN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Some students from Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin had an extraterrestrial opportunity to assist the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in constructing structures meant for outer space.

The students created 200 wire ties that will be used for repairs outside the International Space Station.

"If astronauts are out doing a spacewalk and they need to repair something that has electrical connections, the wire ties will be used to wrap those wires together," said teacher Kristen Magas.

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Senior Matthew Gorton said he was shocked at first at how simple the task appeared to be but learned that NASA's specifications made construction difficult.

Students said that the whole experience was surreal.

"To know that you had your hands on something that's being used in space as actual flight hardware- is really cool," Gorton said.

WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.

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