WS experiment chosen for space station

Abbie Kellner

West Shore has been chosen by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education to fly an experiment on the International Space Station in April 2013 as a part of the Student Space Flight Experiments Program. Science teacher Amy McCormick’s scientists include seniors Robert Edmiston, Jaclyn Martin, Harshit Saini, Sanju Vardhan, Luke Redito, Rashad Abdulla, Varun Bansal, Olivia Escandell, Dave Foster and Anuj Mehindru along with juniors Caleb Bryant, Genna Owen,  Krunal Patel, junior Carissa Sage and Hannah Schroeter.

Their experiment is titled “A Study of How Microgravity Affects the Activity of Enzymes in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Using the Model of Papain and Gelatin.”

“The Student Space Flight Experiments Program [or just “SSEP”] (http://ssep.ncesse.org) is undertaken by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE;http://ncesse.org) in partnership with Nanoracks, LLC. This on-orbit educational research opportunity is enabled through NanoRacks, LLC, which is working in partnership with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.”