Higher Orbits Winning Student Experiment out of Lakeland, Florida Scheduled to Launch Aboard SpaceX-27
Higher Orbits Galactic HQ – Feb. 16, 2023 – Higher Orbits’ Go For Launch! 2021 Series winning experiment from their event in Lakeland, FL is set to launch to the International Space Station on SpaceX-27 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Team Andromeda consists of students Krysta Fowler, Morgan Grayson, Chelsea Mayfield, Anais Mera-Sarnelli, and Autumn Rhodes. Their experiment that will be sent to the ISS will look at the ‘Effects of Microgravity on a Radiation Resistant Bacteria.’
“Go For Launch! was really enjoyable and I loved learning about the different aspects that go into modern space travel firsthand from an astronaut,” Anais Mera-Sarnelli, member of team Andromeda, said about her time at the event. “The experiment design and various smaller team challenges were also really fun! I feel really proud of myself and the Andromeda team for accomplishing this.”
At Go For Launch! Lakeland 2021, the students were mentored by and worked alongside veteran NASA astronaut Nicole Stott.
"I'm so excited that Team Andromeda is a Go For Launch!” Stott said. “It was a pleasure working with these young women as they came together as a crew, developed their winning science experiment, and planned their mission. Love to see students like these bringing their dreams to life in space!"
The hands-on flagship program of Higher Orbits spotlights the wonders of spaceflight and space exploration to provide students across the country the opportunity to develop and strengthen their skills in STEM, teamwork, communication, research design, and leadership. While focusing on spaceflight, Go For Launch! students work alongside a featured astronaut at each event to learn and develop important skills that can be applied in any professional field.
“It was a blast bringing our program to the stellar students of Lakeland. We are proud of Team Andromeda and truly excited for them as they embark on this #SpaceInspired journey,” said Michelle Lucas, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Higher Orbits.
Andromeda’s experiment will be flying with three other Go For Launch! student experiments aboard SpaceX-27, bringing the grand total of experiments sent to space from this program to 17.
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 multifaceted worlds of space exploration, research, and spaceflight in order to launch the next generation workforce our world desires. www.higherorbits.org/