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First Mission Discovery Experiments to Launch to Space!!!

How many high school students (ages 14-18) do you know that have had an experiment flown and carried out in space? Not many, if any, I bet! Can you imagine how exciting that would be? I know I certainly would have loved to have been able to say my experiment and flown into space when I was that age!

Well that is exactly what some students from King’s College Mission Discovery 2012 are going to be able to say. The 2 winning team’s experiments from the 2012 King’s College Mission Discovery are manifested to launch via Orbital’s Orb-1 Mission on Thursday bound for the International Space Station! WOW!

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One of the experiments will test the effectiveness of antibiotics on E. Coli in space, something that has never been examined in depth before. The findings could have significant implications for the health of astronauts in space and the development of antibiotics here on earth.

The second experiment will examine whether slime mold grows three-dimensionally in space due to the lack of gravity. We know that here on earth slime mold has spatial memory, and can even solve mazes by avoiding its own trails.

See photos here on ISSET’s Facebook page of the students building their experiments.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.763778016984872.1073741838.190935420935804&type=1&l=d48002a730

Launch is currently scheduled for Thursday at 9:19pm (Eastern Time) out of Wallop’s Launch Facility. As anyone associated with any sort of spaceflight knows this can of course change so be sure to check for status at the Orbital Page for updates

http://www.orbital.com/NewsInfo/MissionUpdates/Orb-1/MissionUpdate/index.shtml

I am excited to say that I will be there to view the launch and many of the surrounding activities so I promise photos and updates as often as I can! Follow along (if you’re not already) on Twitter as well – my handle is @spacechelle.

And if you’re interested in the opportunity to compete to have your experiment flown into space – check out the various ISSET Mission Discovery Events that are being offered all over the world in 2014! http://isset.org/mission_discovery/  Worth noting – most Mission Discovery events are open to High School AND University students. Are you a University that would be interested in hosting a Mission Discovery? Let me know! I would love to talk to you about it!

Space Inspires! I feel so incredibly fortunate to be part of this!

Stay tuned!

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An Exciting Day for Space!

Well I don’t know about you but I think today is an exciting day for space. Today Orbital will launch it’s Antares Rocket with the Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft headed for ISS. This will mark the final milestone for Orbital in their development of a craft to help resupply ISS. I find this especially fantastic because it’s not too long ago that the only entities who had the ability to resupply ISS in any way were the Russians and the US. Then we added ATV & HTB from ESA and JAXA and later on Dragon from SpaceX… now here comes Orbital! I think it’s an exciting day when we start seeing the “door to space” open for more entities.

 

I have a personal attachment to this too I must add…. I was fortunate enough to be one of the Flight Controllers for Expedition 3 which was Commanded by Frank Culbertson. I feel lucky to have become friends with Frank because I have to tell you he’s one outstanding guy! Today he will serve as not just the Mission Director but also their press guy! Talk about busy!

So it is personally and for the great development of space that I wish Orbital huge success today! I will be watching from here in Annapolis… oh speaking of which… check out this link for more information as well as some graphics that will help you to find where in the sky to see it if you are in Annapolis, Atlantic City, New York City or DC!

http://www.orbital.com/NewsInfo/MissionUpdates/Orb-D1/

 

Go Antares! Go Cygnus! Go Orbital Go!!!

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Happy New Year!

Hello everyone!

I am so sorry I have been silent for so long! What can I say it’s been an incredibly busy several months full of work, friends, family & fun! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday season as well! 

I just have to share this because it was so incredibly cool to me…

While Ken and I were on vacation in Antigua one evening we were sitting in the hot tub with some new friends we’ve made. It was about 40 minutes after sunset so we were looking up at the beautiful sky and all of a sudden guess what we saw?!?! The International Space Station!!! What a treat upon a treat! Of course me being a dork I’m waving and yelling “Hi” to the crew on board. It was so great for us to get to see that there in the middle of paradise but also to share it with our new friends who we think have a new appreciation for space!

We hadn’t looked to see if we’d been able to see ISS from where we were so it was an extra surprise. You don’t have to wait to be suprised though – check out http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/ to find out when ISS will fly over where you are!

Here’s to 2013 and many special moments that include space and everything else!

Obviously the picture below has nothing to do with space but it’s of Ken and myself in Antigua enjoying life! Our vacation left us incredibly refreshed and ready to get back to work at exciting people about STEM!

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