As one of a select few schools chosen nationwide to participate in the Center for the Advancement of Science and Space (CASIS) Program, Cristo Rey Jesuit has designed and prepared experiments for the International Space Station (ISS). The re-engineered and redesigned Slime Mold Behavior Experiment Enclosure was recently sent to one of our NASA space partners, NanoRacks, for functional testing. The experiment is scheduled for launch on May 7 on SpaceX-9. Students are thrilled to have another opportunity to send their work into space after the explosion that ended their first effort back in October 2014. Luckily, no-one was hurt, and students say the experience made them all the more determined!
Junior and senior students in our Experimental Design Class have been working since the beginning of the school year on this very important first step in putting the experiment into space. Many hours of dedicated work and effort have been expended by these students, teachers Greg Adragna and Peter Rispin, and volunteer Henry Anderson, a recent Rice graduate. More to come as the experiment progresses through until blast off!