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Space flight with Valley Center High experiment postponed

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at 1:56 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at 10:42 p.m.


The space flight carrying Valley Center High School’s winning experiment was postponed Wednesday due to unusually high levels of space radiation.

The experiment created by the students — on the effect of microgravity on bacterial growth and its resistance to antibiotics — was selected in 2012 to be a part of the Student Spaceflights Experiments Program. After more than a year of preparation, the experiment was set to be launched into space at 12:32 p.m. Wednesday.

NASA released a statement Wednesday morning saying that the rocket’s electrical systems might be compromised by the inclement space weather.

The release said NASA will monitor the weather. If the weather clears, the new launch date will be Thursday at 12:10 p.m.

Updates for the mission are posted online at http://ssep.ncesse.org/blog/.

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