Michigan is not among the first states that come to mind when you mention the aerospace industry. An amateur rocket launch scheduled for Saturday in southwest Michigan is unlikely to change that. On Saturday afternoon, members of a Michiana Rocketry Club plan to blast a port-a-potty into space near the community of Three Oaks, near the Indiana state line.
Last summer hundreds of thousands of people from around the world volunteered to take part in the first human expedition to Mars. The Mars One project provides a one-way ticket to the red planet for four finalists, who will form the first human colony on the planet.
This Sunday, a team of MSU undergraduate students from the College of Communication Arts & Sciences, along with engineering graduate students, will launch a weather balloon affixed with five HD cameras and a GPS device.
The launch, led by MSU instructor and filmmaker Troy Hale, will attempt to obtain video footage from the edge of space, as the balloon is expected to rise nearly 100,000 feet, where the curvature of the earth can be seen.