Recently some elite and science-oriented students from the initiative of Singapore American school also known as SAS have qualified to send science experiments to International Space Station.
As One Visa continues to help the foreign student to join schools in Singapore, it is now evident why more should join this advancing country. The education sector is doing better and getting an international recognition through their effects. Recently some elite and science-oriented students from the initiative of Singapore American school also known as SAS have qualified to send science experiments to International Space Station. This is according to the announcement made by the school on June 5, 2017.
The schools further said that SpaceX Dragon spacecraft was the carrier of the experiments during the two-day journey to the ISS. It took off on Sunday from the Kennedy Space Center at Florida, USA through the well known SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.
The experiments are expected to run for a month on the ISS. It is alleged that once the experiments arrive, the astronauts will open the MicroLab container holding them and place them on board for the running to start.
According to the report by the school, the E-coli bacteria is the subject where it is injected with melanin genes to test their microgravity during mutation. The radiation levels in the space will help to run the experiments successfully and run various tests.
It is alleged that the scientists in ISS will send photos and all relevant data to their stations on earth where the students will get them for various analysis and monitoring. This will be a great experience and opportunity for the SAS who are first in Singapore to conduct such an experiment. Upon bringing back them later, the student will also continue to conduct their parallel experiments in their state of the art laboratories at school.
The experiments will help the scientists to make the plant’s melanin increase through genetic modification. If this is successful, space will, therefore, have made a step to growing plants in space in an easy way.
According to the leader of the 6 student project, Sunita Srivatsan, what made them focused is that thought that their concept would make a change in space research. The students claimed that such an opportunity was rare for high school students and they were grateful to SAS initiative and the ISS for trusting and supporting their efforts.
For over one year, these students have been planning on the experiments and the students other than their leader mentioned above include Devansh Tandon, Jaclyn Chan, Madeline Smith, Annie Kim and Keshav Jagannath. The great people who have been mentoring them includeFormer NASA scientist who is also a National University of Singapore former student.
Dr. Bidushi Bhattacharya who has mentored the students is the owner of the Bhattacharya company which build the tech ecosystem meant for space. The company is based in Singapore. According to her, its was a good thing that the students could successfully deliver something to space. This is despite a believe that space-based experiments are either for higher institutions students or those in bigger nations.
Her final words were that this experiment would make space experiments a reality for high school students in the whole of Singapore.