FLINT, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – A blueberry project completed by Grand Blanc ninth graders in Genesee County last year is heading to space.
The students packed and shipped their fluid mixing enclosures for the SpaceX rocket that will be launched from Florida in two weeks.
The test tubes each have blueberries, organized by mass, a dirt/water mixture with dirt from the Grand Blanc campus under a tree, and a glycerin water mixture. They will test the decomposition in space of the blueberries for four to six weeks before they are sent back to Grand Blanc to be analyzed. Their experiment will help scientists learn how to reuse and grow new food in space.
Grand Blanc is one of 23 communities chosen for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. The current launch schedule projects that the students’ experiment will launch at 5:27 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18.