Higher Orbits Set to Launch Winning Arizona Students’ Research Experiment to the International Space Station!

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Michelle Lucas


Higher Orbits Set to Launch Winning Michigan Students’ Research Experiment to the International Space Station!

Higher Orbits Galactic HQ – March 14, 2024  The winning team of Higher Orbits’ Go For Launch! Phoenix and the GLASS-z12 series of events is counting down to launch their student research experiment to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX-30 Cargo Resupply mission in mid-March. 

The student team, Team 299312, created the winning experiment of the Go For Launch! GLASS-z12 series in 2023 and have had their design built by partnered payload integration specialists Space Tango. They payload will be launched to space inside the SpaceX Dragon capsule. 

“Thanks to the opportunity to collaborate with Space Tango, we are able to bring the student’s research questions to life!” said Higher Orbits’ CEO and Founder, Michelle Lucas. “This upcoming launch will be an out of this world inspirational opportunity for the students.” 

The students from the winning team, Team 299312, are Devan Comes, Ruqaiya Gheyasi, Anthony Quezada, and Zahra Ali. Their experiment will test the growth and radiation resistance of fungus, Cladosporium sphaerospermum, in microgravity. 

This student team won the Go For Launch! Phoenix event in 2023, and their experiment later was judged to win the GLASS-z12 Series. 

This Higher Orbits Go For Launch! student experiment flying aboard SpaceX-30 will fly along with 2 other student experiments from the Go For Launch! programs across the country will bring the grand total of experiments sent to space from this program to 20. 

About Higher Orbits:

Founded in 2015, Higher Orbits is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization creating an experiential learning lab for secondary school students across the United States, focused on the multi-faceted worlds of space exploration, research, and spaceflight in order to launch the next generation workforce our world desires. www.higherorbits.org/


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