NASA is launching a test rocket from Virginia tonight. Ordinarily, that’s not something most Baltimoreans would pay attention to… but this is no ordinary test rocket.
It wouldn’t shock us to hear that the Johns Hopkins students who’ve teamed up to design, build, and launch the Far-ultraviolet Off Rowland-circle Telescope for Imaging and Spectroscopy (FORTIS) — a nifty $3.2 million NASA rocket, for those of you who aren’t astrophysicists — started out launching rockets in their backyards. And now they’re on a quest to answer questions about the origins of the universe. Not a bad trajectory.