San Jose Students’ Experiment Hosted On Space Station

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – The first science experiment on the International Space Station designed by high school students is smaller than a shoe box, but could lead to answers about how astronauts will someday feed themselves on long space flights.

Students at San Jose’s Valley Christian High School planted a dozen seeds into a tiny silver box crammed with equipment to give them water, light and photograph their growth over the course of several weeks.

“They will compare those photos against the same plants being grown here on the ground,” said Dan Saldana, a retired engineer who used to design satellites for Lockheed Martin and helped the students design their project.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

Junior Dustin Laucella said it was thrilling to participate in something normally reserved for university-level students.

“It feels great to have a project in space and aboard the space station with astronauts,” he said.

The Japanese rocket carrying the experiment docked with the Space Station on Thursday. The students won’t have access to the data, however, until mid-February.

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