Higher Orbits Set to Launch Winning Midland, Texas 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 the Higher Orbits Go For Launch! Midland 1st series of events is gearing up to launch their student research experiment to the International Space Station on mission SpaceX-30 in mid-March. 

The student team, Team TARs, created the winning experiment of the Go For Launch! Midland series in 2022 has had their design built by partner payload integration specialists Space Tango. Their 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 students’ 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 TARs, are Alyssa Urbina, Catalina Rodriguez, and Ulisses Hernandez. Their experiment will study the differences in fruit flies with differing diets in microgravity.  

This student team won the Go For Launch! Midland event in 2022, and their experiment later was judged to win the overall 1st Midland Series of events.  

The Midland Development Corporation, sponsors of the Midland series of events, has a commitment to the innovation and advancement of STEM education of the growing aerospace industry for all Midland ISD students.

Midland Development Corporation’s Board Chairman, Lourcey Sams, praised the students’ accomplishments saying, "The MDC is excited to hear about the Midland High School’s Team TARs Go For Launch! experiment headed to the International Space Station. This accomplishment goes to show the success in the aerospace industry that Midland is experiencing and will continue to experience through programs like Go For Launch!"  

The Midland Series of events was also made possible by the generous support of the Midland Independent School District and Chevron.  

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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