A rocket carrying TWO South Jersey science experiments launched yesterday afternoon at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA and the space center have announced that contractor SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket at 12:31 p.m. Monday with a resupply and experiments payload to the International Space Station.

Aboard this CRS-Mission 12 and inside the Dragon cargo vehicle, will be science experiments from the Waterford Elementary School and Stockton University in Galloway Township.

Five girls from the elementary school developed a winning experiment with the purpose to see how well eggplant seeds will grow in near zero gravity in order to provide high-moisture content food for the astronauts on board the space station.

The Stockton fungus and flax experiment was devised by students Danielle Ertz of Woodlynne and Valkyrie Falciani of Hammonton, who want to test fungus as a potential force to improve agriculture in space.

The two students and professor Tara Luke traveled to Florida over the weekend to watch the launch.


Source: Courier Post

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