MARFA, TX (KWES) - The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum announced that an experiment proposed by Marfa students has been accepted for a mission aboard the International Space Station in 2019.
The proposal was designed by an all-girl team of fourth, fifth, and six graders competing in a school-wide project hosted by the Student Spaceflights Experiment Program. The students had to design real micro-gravity experiments intended to fly in low Earth orbit aboard the ISS.
The school’s top three projects were sent to the Air and Space Museum in D.C. where a panel of scientists chose the winning experiment.
An astronaut will conduct the experiment in micro-gravity aboard the ISS while students in Marfa perform a control experiment. The students will then share the results with the community and present their research at a conference in Washington, D.C.
The self-titled Marfa Martians will return to school in January to further refine and test their project, the Eradication of Growth and Bacteria in Microgravity, and submit the final experiment for a June launch date.