Ector County Independent School District will be flying two Mission Patches on the International Space Station from Clara Long, 8th grader at Bonham Middle School and Paisley Valenzuela, 1st grader at Gonzales Elementary.
Students in the district participated in an art and design competition and worked on art designs to reflect their community and the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.
The winning patches will be traveling 400,000 miles each day aboard ISS, as ISS orbits the Earth at an altitude of 260 miles—47 times higher than Mt. Everest.
Earlier in the semester, students at Falcon Early College High School were selected to have their microgravity experiment conducted on ISS as part of SSEP Mission 12 upon confirmation from NASA’s Flight Safety Review.
Their proposal, “The Efficacy of Ideonella Sakaiensis in a Microgravity Environment” will look at how the bacteria will decompose poly(ethylene terephthalate) in microgravity and compare it to Earth.
An astronaut aboard the ISS will conduct the experiment, and after a typical 4 to 6-week stay in orbit, the experiment will be returned safely to Earth for harvesting and analysis by the school’s student flight team.
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