Image Credit: NASA/MSFC/Charles Beason

The image above shows one of many high-powered rockets that took off on April 16, 2016 as part of NASA’s 16th annual Student Launch challenge.

The event was held near Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama from April 13-16.

According to NASA, about 50 middle and high school, college and university groups from more than 20 states competed in the challenge. They demonstrated advanced aerospace and engineering skills related to real-world activities and programs on NASA’s Journey to Mars.

Those involved have been preparing for the last several months by building and testing rockets designed to fly to an altitude of one mile. The rockets also had to deploy an automated parachute system and land safe enough to be reused, according to NASA. Other teams designed scientific payloads for data collection during flight.

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