RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:
Next, we report on one small text for man, one giant leap for text messaging.
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
Some young scientists were paying close attention to a rocket bound for space last night. The control center at NASA's Wallops flight facility in Virginia did the countdown.
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Five, four, three, two, one.
MONTAGNE: The successful launch from Virginia's Atlantic coast was visible in the night sky, up and down the Eastern Seaboard. And as NASA flight control explained, the rocket carried a special cargo.
The launch tonight will be carrying several payloads that are developed by university students from across the country, and the first high school-built satellite coming from Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Virginia.
INSKEEP: That's right: a satellite built by Virginia high school students. It's a cubed-shaped device, we're told, and it's going to communicate in a way that many a teenager will find normal: text messages. The satellite is designed to receive text messages from Earth, turn them into voice signals, and transmit them back to Earth by radio.
Just remember guys: Your parents may be listening.