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Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP) Finalists

Student Spaceflight Experiment Program

Here are the finalists for the SSEP.  Very impressive! We will know which proposal will be chosen to fly on the International Space Shuttle by December 18th.

Salvica Hispanica in Microgravity

For our experiment we are proposing that we send Salvica Hispanica seeds into space to see if they can grow. If they work then that will mean that we can send the seeds into space so that astronauts can have a large source full of protein, fiber, calcium, and other vitamins and nutrients all in one plant. Salvica Hispanica is a great and healthy food that can be put into many different meals and can be prepared many different ways.

Students: Daniel Campos, Alex Kanning, Miranda Thiesmeyer, Kylie Miles, and Sophia Van Sell from Churchill, Jacob Roach Grade 7 from ATA

Sea Monkey Astronauts-The Life Cycle of Artemia nyos in Microgravity

Our group decided to focus our experiment around the topic of marine life in space. Brine Shrimp, which are a very sturdy animal that does not need any special accommodations, will be the subject of our experiment. On Earth everything is effected by gravity one way or another. Organisms have muscles in their body to lift and push themselves away from Earth’s gravitational pull. Aquatic life is no different. Organisms have muscles to push on the water around them in order to not sink from gravity trying to pull it down. Our experiment is intended to take that variable, gravity, and decrease its strength and record the effects. Since we are not able to send a camera, or other electronics, up to the ISS to watch every move, we plan on recording the data in a few other ways. One of which will be food consumption. We can hold a control down on Earth and track the difference in the amount of food that is consumed. By that we can make assumption as to which group of shrimp are burning more energy.

Students: Alexander Cordova, Aileen Hernandez, Beau Scott, Sierra Squires Grade 11 and Brycen Spencer, Gabe Peterson-DeGroff Grade 12

SLIPS in Microgravity

Does Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces (SLIPS) decrease the scale of an omniphobic surface in microgravity? An Omniphobic Surface scale is a measurement of how slippery something is. SLIPS is the world’s slipperiest substance, it has been out for half a year, and is based off the functionality of the pitcher plant. After it rains pitcher plants keep raindrops as a film on the edge of their mouth so that when ants walk on the rim, they slip into their stomach. SLIPS only does one thing, it makes a surface of a solid slippery so that no liquid can touch the face of the solid that’s coated. We are testing SLIPS in a microgravity environment to find out if it has the same properties as it does on Earth. If it does it could possibly solve frost-over for rockets at launch and in microgravity. We will be using a type 3 FME. Inside volume 1 we will have a cotton ball. Inside Volume 2, there is an aluminum strip 12.5mm x 35mm coated with SLIPS on one side. In volume 3 there will be 1.5ml of corn syrup. The tube will be coated on the inside with SLIPS in both volume 2 and 3. In this experiment we are hoping to solve frost-over on the ISS with SLIPS by finding if SLIPS can not only stay on the face of a solid but still make liquids slip off of the solid.

Students:  Kobe Skidmore, Ray Newell, Garrett Price Grade 8- ATA

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