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We are 4th graders from Munhall School in St. Charles, Illinois. If a scientist can build a spaceship why cannot a mechanic build one?

Scientists do not build spaceships; mechanics do that kind of work.

J Lu

A team of engineers would probably design the spaceship, and their design would be communicated by blueprints, etc. to those who would actually build it. Scientists would be more involved in using any information that was collected using the spaceship. For example, consider the Hubble space telescope or Voyager missions which worked out basically as I describe above. Scientists interpret the data the "spaceship" sends back to Earth.

Daniel N Koury Jr

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