POSTED: Monday, December 6, 2010 - 6:42pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 10:14pm
Some El Paso students are counting down the days till the Space Shuttle Endeavour launches off into space. The team of students had their experiment selected for flight on board the spacecraft in February of next year.
The three students, from Transmountain Early College and EPCC, are taking part in the Student Space Flight Experiments Program. Sixteen proposals were chosen out of 400 entries from all over the nation. The project deals with determining if and how micro gravity affects certain communities of bacteria. The students say they can't wait to see their experiment take off.
"We're really, really excited to see it because we're actually going to get to see it launch in space," said student Jarisma Rodriguez. "We're going to Florida this February, so we're really excited about that."
"This is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, something I probably never even dreamed would possibly happen," said EPCC Student Diana Pahman.
The students had two months to come up with the project, do research and preliminary studies and submit it. A group of scientists reviewed the projects, as well as a national panel in Washington, D.C., who chose the 16 winning projects. The students will get to present the results of their projects in the summer in Washington, D.C.