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More Than 40 Student Experiments Slated for SpaceX CRS-18

12 Jul 2019, 17:28 UTC
More Than 40 Student Experiments Slated for SpaceX CRS-18
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER (FL), July 10, 2019 (ISS National Laboratory PR) – When the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches on its next mission to the International Space Station (ISS), the Dragon spacecraft will be loaded with dozens of experiments to be conducted in space, many of which are from students and educators.

More than 40 student experiments and demonstrations are included on SpaceX’s 18th commercial resupply services mission (CRS-18) to the space station. Part of the goal of the ISS U.S. National Laboratory is to excite and engage the next generation of scientists and allow them to push the boundaries of conventional classroom settings by conducting experiments in space. Among the student investigations on SpaceX CRS-18 will be 38 separate MixStix experiments developed by young explorers through the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. MixStix are small mixture enclosure tubes that use clamps to keep fluids or solids (such as chemicals or biological materials) separate until the clamps are released in space to allow the contents to mix. MixStix research on this mission ranges from the evaluation of mold in microgravity to experiments involving water purification and plant biology. The Quest Institute will launch a multi-experiment investigation involving student teams from ...

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