Hawaii student watches NASA launch spacecraft to the moon

It’s been more than 40 years since Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon.

Now NASA is going back again.

This latest mission features a robotic spacecraft that will study the lunar atmosphere.

It will focus on the dust swirling up from the surface.

A student from Hawaii will be one of those watching the launch in Virginia on Friday.

UH Hilo sophomore Krystal Schlechter is a summer intern with the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems or PISCES.

NASA invited Schlechter and her mentor John Hamilton, who is a public outreach manager for PISCES, to be a part of the launch.

The two spent the summer collecting data for the project.

Related story: NASA launches robotic explorer to moon from Va.

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