San Jose High School Students to Launch Experiment Into Space

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Twenty-four students at Valley Christian High School in San Jose, Calif. have created an experiment that's out this world, literally. According to Mercury News, the ambitious science project is the first student-designed and self-contained experiment to head to the International Space Station.

The experiment tests whether plants can grow in a near zero-gravity environment. The data collected will not only be exciting for the high school science group, but it could potentially help scientists with other issues like how humans can survive and travel in space.
The students began working on the project in June 2010. It uses a "CubeLab" platform, which includes separate chambers that only use enough power to run. Prior student experiments had required the assistance of astronauts, but this one is "completely automated and self-contained."

The experiment is currently on a Japanese spacecraft dubbed "Kounotori," and will blast off from Tanegashima to catch up with the space station. The launch was originally scheduled for Wednesday night, but had to be delayed due to bad weather. The rescheduled launch could be held on Friday.

It will take one week to reach the space station, and astronauts will collect data from the experiment for one month before sending the project back to Earth. What do you think about the students' accomplishment? Are you working on a major project? If so, tweet us @jsykdotcom. We want to hear all about it. %Poll-58974%

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