SpaceX Dragon Transports Student Experiments to Space Station

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SpaceX Dragon Transports Student Experiments to Space Station

WASHINGTON — The SpaceX Dragon capsule, that on Tuesday became a initial commercially grown and built booster to launch to a International Space Station, is carrying among a load a apartment of 15 scholarship experiments designed by students.

Known collectively as Aquarius, a experiments will consider a effects of microgravity on physical, chemical and biological systems. The students have been enthralled in each facet of research, from clarification of a examination to examination design, offer essay and a grave NASA offer examination for preference of moody experiments.

“This singular tyro activity adds a new dimension to a International Space Station and a purpose as America’s usually orbiting inhabitant laboratory,” pronounced Leland Melvin, NASA’s associate director for Education. “It also clearly demonstrates that students still can actively attend in NASA microgravity opportunities in a post-shuttle era.”

Aquarius is sponsored by a Student Space Flight Experiments Program (SSEP), that is a mild try by a National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) and NanoRacks LLC, a inhabitant science, technology, engineering and arithmetic (STEM) preparation initiative. The organizations work together to give 300 to 1,000 students opposite a village a event to pattern and introduce microgravity experiments to fly in low Earth orbit.

The initial dual SSEP payloads flew in 2011 aboard space shuttles Endeavour and Atlantis on a STS-134 and STS-135 missions respectively. This third turn of experiments will be a initial to be conducted in circuit by space hire astronauts.

The proclamation of event for Aquarius was expelled in Jul 2011. It elicited responses from 12 communities in 9 states and a District of Columbia. A sum of 779 tyro teams, with 41,200 members trimming from fifth graders to village college, submitted proposals. After a grave two-step examination routine in tumble 2011, a final 15 moody experiments were selected. They all upheld a grave NASA moody reserve review, clearing a final jump on their tour to launch.

This is one of many programs that use NASA’s scholarship and scrutiny missions to inspire students to pursue a STEM-centric propagandize curriculum. Building a strong cadre of scientists and engineers for a destiny is a high priority for NASA’s Office of Education.

The Dragon moody to a International Space Station is a second proof goal for SpaceX underneath NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. The proof moody is dictated to lead to unchanging resupply missions to a space station.

To learn some-more about a SSEP, including destiny opportunities for tyro participation, visit:

http://ssep.ncesse.org

To learn some-more about NASA’s preparation program, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/education

To learn some-more about a International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

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