Monday 21 April 2014

Pershing Middle School Students Send Experiment to Space

Pershing Middle School will send a microgravity experiment to space in October.

From left to right, Ivan Arizpe, Alexandria Burns, Austin Abbott and John Davidson.

Pershing is one of 11 schools to send microgravity experiments to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX Dragon in October.

The experiments were selected as part of Mission 2 to ISS; this space flight opportunity was provided by America’s Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.

Students in 72 schools across the country had the opportunity to design and propose real microgravity experiments, experience a formal proposal review process and go through a NASA flight safety review.

The Pershing Middle School project selected for flight is titled, One Small Step for Bacteria, One Giant Leap for Mankind. The co-principal investigators are Mrs. Broz’ last year’s IPC students Austin Abbott, Ivan Arizpe, Alexandria Burns and John Davidson.

The students hope to determine how micro-gravity affects antibiotic susceptibility/resistance of bacteria in this experiment. These students and their families will be invited to the launch of the SpaceX from Kennedy Space Center in October.

The SSEP on-orbit educational research opportunity is enabled through NanoRacks LLC, which is working in partnership with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.

For more information about this program, visit http://ssep.ncesse.org/communities.

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