The importance of more missions has gone beyond the business side of space. The launches have meant added opportunities for educators to expose students to science-based research.
Blue Origin frequently sends rockets into low-earth orbit, often carrying experiments developed and built by students in high school or younger, said Carie Lemack, co-founder and CEO of DreamUp.
“It’s an opportunity to build the next generation of workforce of innovators and explorers,” she said. “They are so thrilled to think that something they build can go to the space station.”
Other experiments that launched on New Shepard included the following:
Blue Origin Photo
No, the orbiting astronauts aren’t whipping up a batch of sugar cookies for Christmas. They will use the sugar to grow crystallized rock candy in zero-gravity, while students — including some at Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School in Locust Point — grow it on Earth and compare their progress.
The Crystal Growth Experiment, as the interactive science project is known, was designed by DreamUp, NanoRacks and Xtronaut, which develop space-related science, technology, engineering and math programs for schools.
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