New Jersey High Schoolers Sending E. Coli to the Space Station

After their summer vacation six students from Ocean City High School will watch their experiment travel to the International Space Station. Thanks to the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, the six girls will study how the E. coli bacteria grows on lettuce while in microgravity - an important consideration for astronauts on future space stations, Moon bases, and Mars missions who will need to grow their own food. Getting food poisoning on Earth is one thing. In space…. The Press of Atlantic City interviewed the students and teachers who explained how they developed their application and how the experiment will work.

Spoiler: no astronauts will be harmed in the course of this experiment.

 

Amateur Space News Roundup May 27, 2014

Today’s headlines include high school students launching rocket for class credit, undergraduates on Nasa microgravity flights, meteors and comets, and a Tennessee Mars One candidate interviewed.

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Amateur Space News Roundup May 23, 2014

Amateur Space News Roundup May 23, 2014

Amateurs search for asteroids and meteorites and sign a deal with Nasa to rescue a space probe; high school students test zero-g hardware for Nasa and elementary school students build and launch rockets; Noaa recruits weather-watchers; even scientists want to join Mars One.

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Amateur Space News May 20, 2014

Amateur Space News May 20, 2014

Space agencies helping amateurs explore space were in the news today along with crowdsourcing emergency response. The daily Mars One coverage included a hit piece, a measured response from Nasa, and a candidate profile in the UK.

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Amateur Space News April 23, 2014

Today’s recap includes new opportunities for middle and high school research on the International Space Station, ninth graders using rocketry to learn physics, professional and amateur astrophotographers working together, and a talk about Mars in New Zealand.

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Amateur Space News April 12, 2014

Amateur-related space news ranged from eighth-graders doing research on the International Space Station to next week’s launch of crowdfunded satellites to a student rocket project and a student satellite project.

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Amateur Space News April 7, 2014

Today's headlines include high school students sending experiments to the International Space Station, amateur satellite and rocketry projects, using satellites to document human rights abuses in South Sudan, and another profile of a Mars One candidate.

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Portland State's Celere Microgravity Program

Nasa sponsors the Celere program, short for Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments, to expand the number of schools conducting microgravity research. Hosted by Portland State University, the program challenges students to develop experiments that investigate the effect of microgravity on capillary action.

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