6th Grade Experiment Launched to International Space Station!

Space X-9 had a successful launch from Cape Canaveral Florida toward the international space station. Onboard is a unique student experiment from students at Stimson Middle School.
Space X-9 had a successful launch from Cape Canaveral Florida toward the international space station. Onboard is a unique student experiment from students at Stimson Middle School.
SSEP students from Stimson Middle School; Hussain Babar, Dylan Cellamare, Jacob Veeder, Leo Mustitano, Richard Kurjanski prepare their experiment for launch (missing from photo is Stephan Tsolis)
SSEP students from Stimson Middle School; Hussain Babar, Dylan Cellamare, Jacob Veeder, Leo Mustitano, Richard Kurjanski prepare their experiment for launch (missing from photo is Stephan Tsolis)
Stimson student Richard Kurjanski traveled with his family to attend the launch at Kennedy Space Center this morning.
Stimson student Richard Kurjanski traveled with his family to attend the launch at Kennedy Space Center this morning.

A team of middle school students from South Huntington launched an experiment with Space X-9 from Cape Canaveral Florida toward the international space station on Monday morning July 18th.

The team, rising 8th graders Hussain Babar, Dylan Cellamare, Richard Kurjanski, Leo Musitano, Stephan Tsolis, and Jacob Veeder, were in Mrs. Carol Kelly’s 6th grade science class when they conceived the idea to find out if polymer beads can clean laundry in zero gravity.  Their findings could help astronauts clean their clothes on the International Space Station, and in the future, on the moon or Mars.  A mission patch designed by rising 7th graders Mia Stampfel and YiMei Potzinger is traveling to the International Space Station with the experiment. The patches will be certified as having flown in space and returned to display in South Huntington after the flight is completed. 

The team is part of a select group of students who are launching experiments through the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP).  One other Long Island District – Wyandanch - also has an experiment aboard Space X-9.  “The district is thrilled to support the amazing work of our young science students,” said Dr. Jared Bloom, South Huntington’s Assistant Superintendent. “We are all inspired by their work and commitment!”

“Over the next few weeks, our students will monitor the progress of their experiments in space and conduct ground experiments that will serve as controls,” said Mari Scardapane, South Huntington’s STEM Coach. “The experiment is scheduled to be returned from space on August 10.   That’s when we will find out if their results will help astronauts keep clean in space.”

The SSEP is a national science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program undertaken by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, which is working with NASA under a formal Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.