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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Tests their Work

On January 6th, a spacecraft called Dragon was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida carrying experiments set up by students, according to the NASA website. The experiments range from studies on how crystals grow without gravity to tests about how different levels of gravity affect milk spoilage. Although these students, united in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), have been immensely successful by virtue of the fact that they’ve gotten their experiments into space, sometimes students and professional scientists fail. However, failures offer new opportunities and create new angles for discovery. “Failure happens in science, and what we do in the face of that failure defines who we are” says an SSEP overseer. Whether SSEP students’ experiments succeed or fail, they have participated in a rare opportunity for young people to do “real world” science. Providing this type of opportunity is the core mission of MSSEF.


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