Jul 27, 2020
An experiment done aboard the International Space Station demonstrates the potential for a hardy fungus to shield astronauts from cosmic radiation. This fungus has already proved its mettle inside one of the most hostile places on Earth: the ruined Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
Jul 24, 2020
(This is a Go For Launch! experiment...)A radiation-absorbing fungus found at the destroyed Chernobyl nuclear reactor has been shown to absorb harmful cosmic rays on the International Space Station, and could potentially be used to protect future Mars colonies.Exposure to cosmic rays poses a major health risk to astronauts leaving Earth’s protective atmosphere. Shields can be made out of stainless steel and other materials, but they must be shipped from Earth, which is difficult and costly.Xavier Gomez and Graham Shunk came up with the idea of growing radiation shields on Mars out of living organisms while...
Jul 7, 2020
Two FCPS freshmen, teamed with three other students, have designed a science experiment deemed worthy of sending to the International Space Station (ISS). Kiera Fehr of Henry Clay High School and Rosalie Huff of Frederick Douglass High School are awaiting word on the timing for their project build...
May 1, 2020
Planet Earth, May 1, 2020—During this unprecedented time, when students are facing so many changes and challenges including missing classes, Higher Orbits stands committed to providing all students access (once safe to do so) to their Go For Launch! Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) educational experience. Through your generous Giving Tuesday Now support, Higher Orbits will be able to provide Go For Launch! scholarships to students who are experiencing financial hardship due to the economic impact of the pandemic. When people unite around a common cause, real and lasting change happens. What better change can there be than giving a student, our future workforce, the opportunity to realize their potential to solve world problems by working with astronauts and scientists to create projects bound for research in space?
Apr 29, 2020
Today, uniphi space agency, a division of uniphi good LLC, is proud to announce the fifth annual National Astronaut Day, featuring an incredible line-up of Astronauts, musicians and entertainers, all participating in virtual, free, family-friendly events, activities and performances on Tuesday, May 5th, 2020. This year, in addition to raising funds and awareness for seven charities, the campaign will include a social media campaign to thank the "Frontline Superstars" who have been working tirelessly during the global pandemic, a collaboration with Giving Tuesday Now, and specifically with Giving Tuesday Kids (GTKids), who will be actively participating in different Astronaut activities throughout the day.