Knoxville school’s experiment blasts to space on SpaceX rocket

Vine Middle School student's experiment on board

Liftoff of SpaceX CRS-11 in June 2017. Credit: NASA TV

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (WATE) – SpaceX is planning their twelfth commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station.

Their Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft is expected launched Monday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Dragon separated from Falcon 9’s second stage about 10 minutes after liftoff and attached to the space station Wednesday.

An experiment from Vine Middle School is on board the launch. The five students created an experiment on blue-green algae that will be launched into space.

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NASA said primary weather concerns will be cumulus clouds and precipitation. They said there is a 70 percent chance of “go” conditions.

The company says this will be the last time a “new” Dragon cargo spacecraft flies into space. They said future cargo missions will be fulfilled with refurbished Dragons that the company recovers after water landings in the Pacific Ocean.

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