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Why Moreno Valley students will send soybeans into space

By in Press Enterprise on February 10, 2018

By Imran Ghori

A pair of soybeans prepared in a Moreno Valley classroom will soon be blasting off into space as part of an experiment on the International Space Station.

A project by four Valley View High School students was among 22 from schools across the country selected to be part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.

The student experiments will accompany astronauts on a scheduled June 6 launch from the same Cape Canaveral launchpad where SpaceX lifted off this past week.

“That will be really cool to watch our own project” go off into space, said Titan Lam, 17, a senior and a member of the Valley View High physics class team whose project was chosen.

The team — which also includes senior Semajj Martinez, 17; sophomore Roman Lara, 15; and junior D.J. McCormack, 16 — began putting together their proposal in September and have been practicing and refining their experiment in the weeks since under the supervision of their physics teacher, Stacy Katzenstein.

They’ve probably grown more than 60 soybeans in the process, Lara said.

  • D.J. McCormack, 16 closes a bag of soybean sprouts as part of a science project on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at Valley View High School in Moreno Valley. Their science project involving soy beans growing in microgravity has been chosen to fly aboard the International Space Station. (Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Semajj Martinez, 17, measures alcohol as part of a science project on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at Valley View High School in Moreno Valley. Their science project involving soybeans growing in microgravity has been chosen to fly aboard the International Space Station. (Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Semajj Martinez, 17, measures alcohol as part of a science project on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at Valley View High School in Moreno Valley. Their […]    

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