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One giant leap for students

Over 60 students spent a week at King’s designing experiments to be carried out on the International Space Station as part of Mission Discovery.

Mission Discovery is an opportunity for students aged 14-18 to spend time working with an astronaut, world renowned scientists and NASA leaders to create ideas for experiments that might be able to be carried out in space.

Carousel - Picture 1: Former NASA astronaut Tony Antonelli puts the students through their paces; Picture 2: The students work through their ideas; Picture 3: Dr Julie Keeble from the Centre for Human & Applied Physiological Sciences works with the students

The winning team ‘Apollo 10’ designed an experiment that will measure the rate of cell division in space using green fluorescent protein. Their experiment will be built by Dr Keeble and colleagues at King’s and NASA, launched to the International Space Station and carried out by the astronauts on board.

MD Winning team