Lehigh Student Working With NASA

Posted: 11:04 AM EDT Aug 18, 2011   Updated: 6:23 AM EDT Apr 13, 2011

NASA is marking the 50th anniversary of man's first journey into space by giving away three shuttles.

More than 20 museums and visitor centers around the country put in bids for the retiring spaceships.

Tuesday, NASA announced they will go to the Smithsonian Institution in Virginia, the California Science Center in Los Angeles and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

New York City will get the prototype Enterprise which was used for test flights in the '70's

Many of the lessons learned in space over the years impact your life every day.

Space exploration was one small step for mankind, but a huge leap for modern day conveniences.

Astronauts helped develop the microwave, smoke detectors and cordless power tools.

In a lab at Lehigh University, doctoral student Andrew Abraham is hoping to develop the next big thing.

"It's awesome that I'm following in the footsteps of people who just made a huge impact on the way you and I live every single day," said Abraham. "They really are shaping the 21st century. For me I just want to be a part of that too."

Andrew has already done research in the NASA program.

In 2009, he participated in the Glenn Academy Space Exploration program.

Part of his research included working with satellites.

"The job I was working on was to take two microwave sources and build a little box that combined the two sources into one output," said Abraham.

Just two weeks ago Andrew part of his research is now about to be patented..

The box he created will be mounted on satellites and help people using satellite based internet service.

"Imagine a system like that only with much higher bandwidth so that you're not limited by speed," said Abraham.

Even as Andrew uses his magnetic levitation device, a device that could help with machines using ball bearings he says he will keep looking for ways to make things better on earth.