Santa Clarita Valley residents Hutch and Sophia Siegen, sixth- and fifth-grade students at iLEAD Schools, are taking their science experiment out of this world.
While participating in iLEAD’s DreamUp to Space mission, a program that helps students become pioneers of space science, the Siegens were able to combine their passions for gardening and space, with an experiment to germinate carrot seeds in space.
Research students from the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) have sent ‘SmoothISS’, a camel milk-based smoothie experiment to space, as part of a study involving astronauts’ health in space.
The payload from the Al Ain-based university deployed to space from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard an uncrewed Dragon capsule on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on June 3, 2021, as part of SpaceX’s 22nd cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
The Dragon capsule docked successfully with the ISS on June 5, 2021.
The SmoothISS project is part of the Tests in Orbit programme, a microgravity experiment competition open to students in universities in the UAE and facilitated by DreamUp, Nanoracks, the UAE’s Higher Colleges of Technology and the UAE Space Agency.
An experiment designed by Stockton University freshman Sophia Bradach will be launched into space later this year as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.
The program, part of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education in partnership with DreamUp PBC and NanoRacks LLC, sends dozens of student experiments to the International Space Station each year to be tested by the astronauts there.
Last month, five students from Watertown City School District, in collaboration with 4-H, presented their findings on an experiment run on the International Space Station. The experiment began in Fall of 2018, Jefferson County 4-H began participation in the Student Spaceflights Experiments Program, an initiative organized by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE). A competition was implemented where over 50 student teams designed experiments that could theoretically be run on the International Space Station.
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