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Congratulations Team V Atlas and Team Flammenwerfer Axolotls on your research launching to space today via #SpaceX #CRS2...
06/03/2021
SpaceX launches Higher Orbits’ student-led research to the International Space Station | Higher Orbits

Congratulations Team V Atlas and Team Flammenwerfer Axolotls on your research launching to space today via #SpaceX #CRS22!

We are grateful to our supporters, AIAA - The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Space Tango, for supporting the students and the research.

Space science often requires creativity and resilience. Check out the behind-the-scenes of today’s launch —

https://higherorbits.org/press-release/spacex-launches-higher-orbits-student-led-research-to-the-international-space-station/

Cape Canaveral, Florida — June 3, 2021 — Higher Orbits is pleased to mark the launch of student-led research to the International Space Station from the 2019 Series winners, Team V Atlas, and the AIAA Apollo Series winners, Team Flammenwerfer Axolotls, onboard SpaceX CRS-22.

We love the excitement of the students when they have found out that their experiment is going to head to space! Such as...
06/02/2021

We love the excitement of the students when they have found out that their experiment is going to head to space! Such as this great reaction from Daniel, from Team Flamenwerfer Axoltls...

Launch - tomorrow!

#SpaceInspires #WackyWednesday #STEM #StudentScienceInSpace #STEAM #GoForLaunch

We love the excitement of the students when they have found out that their experiment is going to head to space! Such as this great reaction from Daniel, from Team Flamenwerfer Axoltls...

Launch - tomorrow!

#SpaceInspires #WackyWednesday #STEM #StudentScienceInSpace #STEAM #GoForLaunch

Are you in Florida? Headed to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex tomorrow? Stop by and hear from the Go For Launch! st...
06/02/2021

Are you in Florida? Headed to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex tomorrow? Stop by and hear from the Go For Launch! students who will have their experiments launched to the International Space Station!

#SpaceInspires #STEM #StudentScienceInSpace #GoForLaunch #SpaceX #SpaceX22 #CRS22

Are you in Florida? Headed to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex tomorrow? Stop by and hear from the Go For Launch! students who will have their experiments launched to the International Space Station!

#SpaceInspires #STEM #StudentScienceInSpace #GoForLaunch #SpaceX #SpaceX22 #CRS22

Meet the team! Introducing to you Team Flamenwerfer Axoltls - winners of the AIAA - The American Institute of Aeronautic...
06/01/2021

Meet the team! Introducing to you Team Flamenwerfer Axoltls - winners of the AIAA - The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Apollo Series of Go For Launch!

Team Members:
Paisley Artner
Jake Drews
Grace Flynn
Daniel Marek
Trinity Nett

These students were all part of the Go For Launch! Spring Grove 2019 event held at The Shores Of Turtle Creek in partnership with Scot Forge.

Their experiment- How a Mamestra brassicae larva makes a chrysalis in microgravity - is headed to space this week aboard SpaceX-22! Their experiment will be conducted aboard the International Space Station.

Learn more about them at https://higherorbits.org/experiments-space/aiaa-apollo-series/

And stay tuned to social media to follow along for launch updates with respect to the teams!

#SpaceInspires #TeamworkTuesday #STEM #STEAM #GoForLaunch #SpaceX22 #SpaceX #CRS22

Graphic created by: T. Stugmyer

Meet the team! Introducing to you Team Flamenwerfer Axoltls - winners of the AIAA - The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Apollo Series of Go For Launch!

Team Members:
Paisley Artner
Jake Drews
Grace Flynn
Daniel Marek
Trinity Nett

These students were all part of the Go For Launch! Spring Grove 2019 event held at The Shores Of Turtle Creek in partnership with Scot Forge.

Their experiment- How a Mamestra brassicae larva makes a chrysalis in microgravity - is headed to space this week aboard SpaceX-22! Their experiment will be conducted aboard the International Space Station.

Learn more about them at https://higherorbits.org/experiments-space/aiaa-apollo-series/

And stay tuned to social media to follow along for launch updates with respect to the teams!

#SpaceInspires #TeamworkTuesday #STEM #STEAM #GoForLaunch #SpaceX22 #SpaceX #CRS22

Graphic created by: T. Stugmyer

Did you know that crew and cargo mission to the International Space Station with commercial partners have 2 mission patc...
05/31/2021

Did you know that crew and cargo mission to the International Space Station with commercial partners have 2 mission patches? One that is created by the commercial partner and one that is created by NASA.

This is the NASA patch created for this week’s upcoming SpaceX cargo flight that will have 2 Go For Launch! student experiments onboard! We know the students on these teams can’t wait to add this patch to their collections!

#SpaceInspires #MissionPatchMonday #STEAM #STEM #SpaceX #CRS22 #SpaceX22 #Dragon #Falcon9

Did you know that crew and cargo mission to the International Space Station with commercial partners have 2 mission patches? One that is created by the commercial partner and one that is created by NASA.

This is the NASA patch created for this week’s upcoming SpaceX cargo flight that will have 2 Go For Launch! student experiments onboard! We know the students on these teams can’t wait to add this patch to their collections!

#SpaceInspires #MissionPatchMonday #STEAM #STEM #SpaceX #CRS22 #SpaceX22 #Dragon #Falcon9

Today's #SpacecraftSaturday, created by stellar student Ryker, highlights one of the rockets that carries cargo & crew t...
05/29/2021

Today's #SpacecraftSaturday, created by stellar student Ryker, highlights one of the rockets that carries cargo & crew to the International Space Station (as well as other launchs!)

Falcon 9 rocket by SpaceX has been considered the world's most advanced space launch vehicle. It is currently being used to carry the Crew Dragon to the ISS. As of January 2021, Falcon 9 has the most launches among all U.S. rockets currently in operation. At this time, it is the only U.S. rocket fully certified for transporting humans to the International Space Station (ISS), and the only commercial rocket to launch humans to orbit. Falcon 9 is a 2 stage rocket using liquid oxygen and rocket grade kerosene (RP-1 fuel). The bottom stage and crew capsule are reusable. It can lift payloads of 50,300 pounds into low Earth orbit. On January 24, 2021, Falcon 9 set a new record for the most satellites launched by a single rocket carrying 143 satellites into orbit.

Fun fact: The Falcon 9 rocket is named after the fictional Star Wars spacecraft, the Millennium Falcon.

#SpaceInspires #STEM #STEAM #SpaceX #Falcon9 #Dragon

Today's #SpacecraftSaturday, created by stellar student Ryker, highlights one of the rockets that carries cargo & crew to the International Space Station (as well as other launchs!)

Falcon 9 rocket by SpaceX has been considered the world's most advanced space launch vehicle. It is currently being used to carry the Crew Dragon to the ISS. As of January 2021, Falcon 9 has the most launches among all U.S. rockets currently in operation. At this time, it is the only U.S. rocket fully certified for transporting humans to the International Space Station (ISS), and the only commercial rocket to launch humans to orbit. Falcon 9 is a 2 stage rocket using liquid oxygen and rocket grade kerosene (RP-1 fuel). The bottom stage and crew capsule are reusable. It can lift payloads of 50,300 pounds into low Earth orbit. On January 24, 2021, Falcon 9 set a new record for the most satellites launched by a single rocket carrying 143 satellites into orbit.

Fun fact: The Falcon 9 rocket is named after the fictional Star Wars spacecraft, the Millennium Falcon.

#SpaceInspires #STEM #STEAM #SpaceX #Falcon9 #Dragon

#SpotlightSaturday - Stellar senior Graham Shunk’s Go For Launch! experience is truly one to remember! His win with team...
05/29/2021

#SpotlightSaturday - Stellar senior Graham Shunk’s Go For Launch! experience is truly one to remember! His win with team Orion in 2017 allowed him to see his team’s hard work launch to the ISS in 2018! The impressive accomplishment has already opened a few more research opportunities for Shunk and team Orion’s work. Shunk Is working with a team consisting of a Stanford postdoctoral student, a statistician from the University of Manheim, and a radiobiologist from the University of Moscow. The team plans present their findings in a written manuscript that could possibly be published in a scientific journal. Based off of some of their pre-print documents, the team’s findings were met with both excitement and apprehension from the scientific community.

Shunk plans on attending Stanford University to continue pursuing his passion for aerospace.

“In short, had it not been for Higher Orbits and Go For Launch! I would not be going where I am today. It opens the doors to the space industry to kids across the world, and for that it is a magical experience,” explained Shunk.

Congratulations Graham! We are proud of the work you have done and are excited to see what you accomplish in the future!

#SpaceInspires #STEM #CelebratingStellarSeniors #GoForLaunch! #Space #ShootForTheStars Durham County Library North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

#SpotlightSaturday - Stellar senior Graham Shunk’s Go For Launch! experience is truly one to remember! His win with team Orion in 2017 allowed him to see his team’s hard work launch to the ISS in 2018! The impressive accomplishment has already opened a few more research opportunities for Shunk and team Orion’s work. Shunk Is working with a team consisting of a Stanford postdoctoral student, a statistician from the University of Manheim, and a radiobiologist from the University of Moscow. The team plans present their findings in a written manuscript that could possibly be published in a scientific journal. Based off of some of their pre-print documents, the team’s findings were met with both excitement and apprehension from the scientific community.

Shunk plans on attending Stanford University to continue pursuing his passion for aerospace.

“In short, had it not been for Higher Orbits and Go For Launch! I would not be going where I am today. It opens the doors to the space industry to kids across the world, and for that it is a magical experience,” explained Shunk.

Congratulations Graham! We are proud of the work you have done and are excited to see what you accomplish in the future!

#SpaceInspires #STEM #CelebratingStellarSeniors #GoForLaunch! #Space #ShootForTheStars Durham County Library North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

#FlashbackFriday to December 2018 when #GoForLaunch Durham Series winning team Orion (pictured here) presented at the Ke...
05/28/2021

#FlashbackFriday to December 2018 when #GoForLaunch Durham Series winning team Orion (pictured here) presented at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Journey to Mars Theater about their experiment that was headed to the International Space Station on SpaceX-16.

Next week, teams V Atlas & Flamenwerfer Axoltls will present about their experiments that are launching aboard he SpaceX CRS-22 flight. If the schedule stays as planned, their presentations will start at ~11:15am on June 3. If you're going to be at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, stop by the Journey to Mars Theater to hear from these stellar students!

#SpaceInspires #STEM #STEAM #GoForLaunch #SpaceX #SpaceX22 #CRS22 #StudentScienceInSpace #fbf #ISSSTEM Space Station Explorers Durham County Library

#FlashbackFriday to December 2018 when #GoForLaunch Durham Series winning team Orion (pictured here) presented at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Journey to Mars Theater about their experiment that was headed to the International Space Station on SpaceX-16.

Next week, teams V Atlas & Flamenwerfer Axoltls will present about their experiments that are launching aboard he SpaceX CRS-22 flight. If the schedule stays as planned, their presentations will start at ~11:15am on June 3. If you're going to be at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, stop by the Journey to Mars Theater to hear from these stellar students!

#SpaceInspires #STEM #STEAM #GoForLaunch #SpaceX #SpaceX22 #CRS22 #StudentScienceInSpace #fbf #ISSSTEM Space Station Explorers Durham County Library

05/27/2021

Calling all previous Go For Launch! and Space at Home students... TODAY is the last day to register for Higher Orbits Space Prom 2021. Check your email for the registration link!

It's going to be a blast! Check out this highlight/promo reel that spotlights some of last year's fun! Thank you to stellar student ambassador Sophie for creating this!

#SpaceInspires #SpaceProm #ThrowbackThursday #tbt

#ThrowbackThursday to the first launch of the experiments to the International Space Station from teams Flamenwerfer Axo...
05/27/2021

#ThrowbackThursday to the first launch of the experiments to the International Space Station from teams Flamenwerfer Axoltls & V Atlas. Their experiments launched aboard NG-14 last fall but there were some technical challenges so it’s being launched again so they can get their science from space!

A few students travelled, safely with proper precautions, to see the launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility (we watched from a public dock) and we are over the moon that 4 students will be traveling to see their experiments launch to space 1 week from today at NASA's Kennedy Space Center... and we know the others will be watching from where they are!

Stay tuned as we share their launch adventure with all of you!

#SpaceInspires #STEM #StudentScienceInSpace #GoForLaunch AIAA - The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics #tbt #space

#ThrowbackThursday to the first launch of the experiments to the International Space Station from teams Flamenwerfer Axoltls & V Atlas. Their experiments launched aboard NG-14 last fall but there were some technical challenges so it’s being launched again so they can get their science from space!

A few students travelled, safely with proper precautions, to see the launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility (we watched from a public dock) and we are over the moon that 4 students will be traveling to see their experiments launch to space 1 week from today at NASA's Kennedy Space Center... and we know the others will be watching from where they are!

Stay tuned as we share their launch adventure with all of you!

#SpaceInspires #STEM #StudentScienceInSpace #GoForLaunch AIAA - The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics #tbt #space

LAUNCH ALERT! SpaceX is launching their next Starlink flight today (26 May) at 2:59pm from Florida.You can watch at www....
05/26/2021
SpaceX

LAUNCH ALERT!

SpaceX is launching their next Starlink flight today (26 May) at 2:59pm from Florida.

You can watch at www.SpaceX.com

#SpaceInspires #RocketLaunch #SpaceX #Starlink

SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft.

Next week 2 of our student experiments will launch into space aboard SpaceX-22. One of those experiments has what may be...
05/26/2021

Next week 2 of our student experiments will launch into space aboard SpaceX-22. One of those experiments has what may be the most unique name and patch we've seen yet at Go For Launch!

Team Flamenwerfer Axoltls!

So how did this name come to be? One of the team members on this team had been to numerous Go For Launch! events in the area and going back to the first one had helped the team chose a name based on the axolotl. This "tradition" carried and each subsequent team (comprised of this students and different individuals each team) the name morphed slightly until the Spring Grove 2019 event where the team chose Flamenwerfer Axoltls. They won the local event and then went on to be crowned the AIAA Series Winners.

Do you know what an axolotl is? The axolotl, Ambystoma mexicanum, also known as the Mexican walking fish, is a neotenic salamander related to the tiger salamander. Although colloquially known as a "walking fish", the axolotl is not a fish but an amphibian.

(Note - this experiment did fly to space in the fall but due to some challenges it is being flown again. Can't wait to see the science that the students get back!)

#WackyWednesday #SpaceInspires #STEAM #STEM #SpaceX22 #SpaceX #StudentScienceInSpace

On this day in 1997, STS-84 landed at Kennedy Space Center after 9 days in space and a mission to Mir! Take a look at th...
05/24/2021

On this day in 1997, STS-84 landed at Kennedy Space Center after 9 days in space and a mission to Mir! Take a look at the patch this mission's patch!

The STS-84 emblem depicts the Space Shuttle Atlantis launching into Earth orbit to join the Russian Space Station Mir as part of Phase One (Shuttle-Mir) of the International Space Station program. The names of the eight astronauts who flew onboard Atlantis, including the two who changed their positions onboard Mir for a long duration flight, are shown along the border of the patch. The STS-84/Mir-23 team will transfer 7,000 pounds of experiments, Station hardware, food and clothing to and from Mir during the five-day period of docking. The Phase One program is represented by the rising Sun and by the Greek letter Phi followed by one star. This sixth Shuttle-Mir docking mission is symbolized by the six stars surrounding the word Mir in Cyrillic characters. Combined, the seven stars symbolize the current configuration of Mir, composed of six modules launched by the Russians and one module brought up by Atlantis on a previous docking flight.

#SpaceInspires #STEAM #STEM #MissionPatchMonday #SpaceShuttle #OTD #OnThisDayInSpace

Patch & Description credit: NASA

On this day in 1997, STS-84 landed at Kennedy Space Center after 9 days in space and a mission to Mir! Take a look at the patch this mission's patch!

The STS-84 emblem depicts the Space Shuttle Atlantis launching into Earth orbit to join the Russian Space Station Mir as part of Phase One (Shuttle-Mir) of the International Space Station program. The names of the eight astronauts who flew onboard Atlantis, including the two who changed their positions onboard Mir for a long duration flight, are shown along the border of the patch. The STS-84/Mir-23 team will transfer 7,000 pounds of experiments, Station hardware, food and clothing to and from Mir during the five-day period of docking. The Phase One program is represented by the rising Sun and by the Greek letter Phi followed by one star. This sixth Shuttle-Mir docking mission is symbolized by the six stars surrounding the word Mir in Cyrillic characters. Combined, the seven stars symbolize the current configuration of Mir, composed of six modules launched by the Russians and one module brought up by Atlantis on a previous docking flight.

#SpaceInspires #STEAM #STEM #MissionPatchMonday #SpaceShuttle #OTD #OnThisDayInSpace

Patch & Description credit: NASA

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Great to see involvement of the younger generation including our granddaughter Nisha Polk in this project. They are the future for his planet
Latest Higher Orbits experiment was just installed into TangoLAB by Astronaut Serena!
Way to go, MILE!!!
I had so much fun at go for a launch thanks to Don Thomas Tara Sweeney and Mitchell Lucas you guys made my week.
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Great to see my daughter Mclain getting a certificate completing a week at Go For Launch at Morehead State!