The University of Texas at Tyler received some out of this world recognition on Friday.
Other area schools — Fruitvale ISD, Bishop T.K. Gorman Regional Catholic School and The Brook Hill School — also participated in the program and received plaques as well.
The plaques came because Lockheed Martin, which funded the project, nominated the Students Shaping America's Next Spacecraft Team for the Stellar Award.
This award, given annually by the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation, recognizes space industry workers and teams that deserve special recognition, according to the foundation's website.
Although the team did not win the award, they did receive recognition for being nominated.
NASA made replicas of the nomination plaque it received and presented those to each of the schools in this region that participated, Dr. James Nelson, dean of UT Tyler's College of Engineering and Computer Science said.