Twenty Alabama high school juniors have helped to prepare crystal growth experiments that American space tourist Richard Garriott will take to the International Space Station in October.
The Birmingham News has story about the students’ involvement in the program, which was spearheaded by University of Alabama at Huntsville associate professor Joe Ng.
Crystals grow at different rates in micro-gravity than they do in normal gravity. The students will compare the results of the crystal experiments in space with a control group on Earth.
To learn more about the mission, you can also visit Garriott’s web site at www.richardinspace.com.