MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Liberty Middle Schoolers’ Project is Out of This Planet
West Fargo Students accepted into a special program are hoping their science project will end up out of this world.
The group at Liberty Middle School watched as years of hard work on their experiment launched for the second time, into space.
Their initial launch last year failed but will the second launch work like a charm?
Nearly 2,000 miles away, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, launched the Dragon cargo spacecraft into space.
Back on Earth in West Fargo, some are feeling a little anxious.
“Just waiting and hoping that it works,” says Liberty Middle School student Jacob Angus.
Hoping that this time, the rocket successfully launches.
Angus adds, “We’ve already had it go up once but the rocket exploded during a launch so this is the second try for us.”
Last June, a group from Liberty Middle School was chosen for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, beating nearly 250 students in West Fargo.
These students are among only 24 groups chosen in the nation.
After their first launch disaster, they’re hoping that this time, their project makes it to the International Space Station.
“I came to watch my friends who did the project because they won and I wanted to see if their rocket was going to make it this time,” says 8th grader, Emma Holder.
The dragon made it past the first phase without exploding.
But what is all this really for?
Jacob Angus and his teammates Abby Bueling and Skyler Manney, designed an experiment to see how rust oxides differently in micro-gravity environment.
In a test tube filled with water, a strip of iron metal is placed.
Here’s where the student becomes the teacher.
“The astronauts will take the clamps that separate the two and the astronauts will take off clamp. We’re going to see how rust forms in space there,” says Angus.
“I think it shows too that when they’re given the opportunities to participate and excel in programs like this that they can and that they get really involved and engaged and really enjoy it. And can do amazing things,” says Liberty Middle School Science Teacher Eric Dobervich.
The Kennedy Space Center says the student’s project connected with the International Space Station early this morning.
Students are expecting the dragon cargo to come back to Earth in six weeks.
They’ll be able to compare it with their iron samples done here on land.