August 14, 2017 07:19 PM
An experiment created by three East High students was on the SpaceX rocket that launched Monday afternoon.
The rocket launched at just after 12:30 p.m. Monday in Cape Canaveral.
The project, made by De'Aunte Johnson, Tailor Davis, and Binti Mohamed, will test the impact of microgravity on chlorophyll deterioration. Earlier this year, it was announced the project was selected to be sent to the mini-lab International Space Station.
News10NBC was part of a viewing session where the students watched the launch. Speaking with us, Johnson seemed pretty nonchalant after witnessing the launch.
"It was pretty cool," he tells us. "It's pretty cool to see the actual finished project go into space and hopefully we'll get it back in six to eight weeks."
While, he didn't brag about getting a project on the International Space Ship, he did admit it was a lot of work to get it ready.
"It took a lot," Johnson explains, "a lot of hours, a lot of time during the summer and also during school."
He adds, "At the beginning, I really wanted to give up on the project because it was becoming a little bit too hard and not much work was done. But my group said, 'We want to finish this project.' I said, 'Okay. I'll suck it up.'"
But, as we saw Monday, the group was able to get the project done and get it into space.
Johnson concludes, "It took a lot, but we finally got it done and I'm happy I did it."
Johnson said the project will arrive on the space station lab on Wednesday.
Updated: August 14, 2017 07:19 PM
Created: August 14, 2017 04:53 PM
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