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St. Peter students help NASA scientists via data collection program

St. Peter School students Danny Schneider, Katie Kruse and Brenton Lanteigne took notes as they observed clouds as part of the NASA GLOBE Project. The students charted clouds on an overcast day and found no contrails, but a sky filled with high cirrostratus, altostratus and low stratus with nimbostratus (rain-filled) encroaching on their position.

Jack Schellingerhout and Shane McKelvey craned their necks as they observed a tapestry of clouds.

The St. Peter School eighth- graders referred to their worksheet to determine what they were seeing. The large grey blanket hanging low in the sky consisted of stratus clouds, they agreed. A debate ensued: were they nimbostratus — the rain-producing type?

At that moment, a smattering of fat raindrops hit the pavement.

"Wetness!" shouted one student.

"It's definitely nimbostratus," science teacher Travis Coleman said. "OK let's go in."

Catholic school students jump at chance to talk to astronaut in space

Sophie Gloriod, a seventh-grader at Little Flower School in Richmond Heights, certainly could be called a space cadet.

Listening to every word that was spoken via ham radio from some 240 miles above the earth, Sophie was no daydreamer but instead fit the other definition of the phrase — an enthusiast for space travel, typically a young person.

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