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TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Bahamian girl's seaborne school project has landed on the sandy doorstep of NASA.

United Space Alliance worker Jill Vogel found a message in a bottle from a student at the Holy Name Catholic School in Bimini, about 220 miles southeast of Titusville and closest to Florida of all the Bahamas islands. Vogel recently found the bottle while volunteering for a beach cleanup near the space shuttle launch pads at Kennedy Space Center, Florida Today reported Saturday.

"Dear Sea penpal," the note began, going on to explain that the bottle wasn't litter but a Columbus Day project. "I hope you respond to my letter."

Vogel and others have collected space memorabilia — crew photos, pins, stickers and other NASA gear — to send to the 9-year-old girl and her classmates.