From the Gilbert, AZ Go For Launch! Program, Saguaro Snakes team members are:
Saguaro Snake's winning experiment grows plants in microgravity to test how nitrogen being put back into the soil might be affected by the microgravity conditions. It is currently scheduled to be launched to the International Space Station aboard Cygnus CRS OA-8E, the ninth planned flight of the Orbital ATK unmanned resupply spacecraft Cygnus on November 10, 2017.
Frank Culbertson, former NASA astronaut and President of Orbital ATK͛s Space Systems Group.
The Saguaro Snakes represent the very best of what were trying to accomplish which is to develop the next generation of space explorers. The team presented us with an innovative and well thought out concept that explores how peanut plants grow in space. It was a tough decision with many worthy competitors but the Saguaro Snakes earned the opportunity to take the next step on their journey towards deep space exploration and beyond. We are honored to host their experiment aboard our company's Cygnus spacecraft on an upcoming mission to the International Space Station.
Abigail Youngker, Team Saguaro Snakes
When I was little i would go out to my yard, lay down, and just stare at the stars. My mom would come out in the morning in a panic and see that i feel asleep looking at the sky. I never once thought I would design something that would be sent up there. And now that I have, it feels like a dream come true. Not only did myteam win and do something incredible, but we also showed that girls can do this too. It's not just "a mans job" and just because you're a girl in a business full of guys, doesn't mean you can't do it. You just prove to all of them that you can. I was given a great opportunity by the people at Higher Orbits, and I will always be grateful for that. Because of them, a dream has been made into a reality.
From the Herndon, VA Go For Launch! Program, Operation Galaxy X team members are:
Operation Galaxy X's winning experiment studies the reproduction and life cycle of mealworms in space. It is currently scheduled to be launched to the International Space Station aboard Cygnus CRS OA-8E, the ninth planned flight of the Orbital ATK unmanned resupply spacecraft Cygnus on November 10, 2017.
Shashank Varma Nadimpalli, Team Operation Galaxy X
My experience at ‘Go for the Launch’ was amazing and it brought different people from different places to unite as one with great teamwork to win this competition. It thought us how to respect each other and work together in competitive environments. I am so happy I have such a great team, and thank ‘Go for the Launch’ team for giving us the opportunity to become a great team and making us shine!!! It’s a great adventure!!!
Steven Van Hulle, Team Operation Galaxy X
I was impressed at the other experiments and how some of them came close to beating ours. One of my favorite activities was building the tower out of paper and tape. I was surprised when we won because there were many other teams that could have done better than us.
Daniel Van Hulle, Parent of Operation Galaxy X team member Steven Van Hulle
Go for Launch is a unique opportunity for students not only to learn about science in space but to actually participate in it!My son really enjoyed the classes, found them interesting and challenging, and was thrilled to work with real astronauts and representatives from NASA and the aerospace industry. I think Go for Launch is a fantastic program for inspiring young people’s interest in math, science, and engineering.
From the Deerfield, IL Go For Launch! Program, DASA team members are Deerfield High School students:
DASA's winning experiment is about testing the effects of radiation on living cells in space. It is currently scheduled to be launched to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX-12 in August 2017.
Astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger
I'm thrilled to hear the news that the team from Deerfield won! They were focused from the start of our 3-day program, yet they had some local competition that pushed them. I hope this opportunity launches not only their experiment but also their futures in aerospace and STEM. Congratulations!
Kathryn Anderson, Principal of Deerfield High School
We are extremely proud of our students' accomplishments, which extend their talents far beyond the classroom to the International Space Station. We are thankful to Higher Orbits for the opportunity they have provided our students in realizing their potential in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
Katharine Stecher, Team DASA
I'm so excited to see the experiment be created. To see it go to space is more than I could ever have imagined! I am so grateful for the opportunity that Higher Orbits offered me and the rest of my group. To see an idea that started a few months ago as a sketch on a piece of paper actually take shape and fly to space is a rare opportunity. The anticipation has definitely built, and I can't wait to see what answers our experiment brings back.
Justin Bank, Team DASA
As for how it feels to have my idea flown into space, it kind of doesn't register for a while what this actually entails, that our experiment will go up and actually be on the International Space Station, an object in space that I have seen with my own eyes. I don't know if an astronaut will actually touch it or if it will do its own thing completely autonomously, but the fact that I actually had a part in it feels pretty amazing.
Dan Kambich, Team DASA
It felt pretty amazing when I learned we had won. After months of anticipation, hearing the announcement made all the work we did feel extremely rewarding. I was excited to tell all my family and friends about it. It will be very satisfying once our experiment reaches spaces and we start collecting data from it.
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