Now that’s the spirit. A group of middle schoolers who watched a rocket explode as it was carrying their science project to the International Space Station on Tuesday night immediately asked their principal if they could try it again. The students, who gathered at Hobby Middle School in San Antonio to watch their project take flight, were described as “resilient” by the school’s principal, Lawrence Carranco, according to the San Antonio Express-News . The Antares rocket, which was operated by Orbital Sciences, went up in flames just six seconds after launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The unmanned rocket was carrying a Cygnus spacecraft that was supposed to deliver supplies to the International Space Station on a routine mission. One-third of that cargo was made up of science experiments — exactly 1,602.8 pounds of them, according to NASA’s cargo manifest . That payload included a “multitude of student investigations” that aimed to examine the “effects of microgravity on plant growth,” the “rates of milk spoilage in space,” and “how blood flowed from the brain to the heart in the absence of gravity.” One school, the Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory of Houston, Texas, live-tweeted the launch and corresponding… Read full this story
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