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Local museum sells statue to launch NASA satellite

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BRIDGEPORT, CT (AP) -

Bridgeport's Discovery Museum and Planetarium is making a calculated trade-off as it launches a significant upgrade to its children's science education program.

The 55-year-old museum is auctioning a 15-foot bronze statue Friday to raise money to outfit and program a satellite the size of a milk carton attached to a NASA rocket beaming back data on space dust.

Museum board Chairman Joe D'Avanzo says selling the museum's most valuable artwork depicting a man handing the torch of knowledge to another man was a difficult decision.

But the sale could raise at least $325,000, which would more than pay for the museum's nanosatellite, costing $100,000 to $200,000.

The satellite will be launched within two years and be programmed to capture small space debris analyzed by students in high school and younger.

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