Md. middle schooler's science experiment will be tested in space

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- A science experiment designed by a Parkland Middle School student will be tested on the International Space Station sometime this summer.

Seventh grader Alana McCarthy Light's experiment is a part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.

Her experiment will examine how probiotics react in a microgravity environment. The findings could help scientists better understand the storage of medicine that could be used for astronauts.

Light is one of 14 students from across the country and Canada selected to participate in part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Mission 8 to the International Space Station.

In addition, two student-designed mission patches will travel to the space station with the experiment. Eighth grader Olivia Miller from Parkland Middle School and sixth grader Elke Stumpf from A. Mario Loiederman Middle School created the artwork for the patches.
 


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