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All systems go for Mission 14 at John Muir

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Written by Tina Botill

John Muir Middle School has once again made history! A group of four young students were chosen to participate in the Mission 14 Apollo honoring NASA’s Apollo Missions to the Moon for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). John Muir Middle School has once again made history!

A group of four young students were chosen to participate in the Mission 14 Apollo honoring NASA’s Apollo Missions to the Moon for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). John Muir Middle School has continued to make Corcoran proud by being chosen yet again as a participant in the SSEP. The four boys submitted their project “Red Piranha Venus Flytrap Germination in Microgravity” which they assembled on October 28. The student scientists include Aaron Dias, Steven Amador Sandoval, Adrian Vasquez and Blake Cabral. They received support from their Science Teacher, Keylee Navarro.   The purpose of the boys’ experiment is to see if the seeds of the Venus Flytrap plant will germinate in Microgravity because they are difficult to germinate here on earth. The experiment will travel to the International Space Station where astronauts will conduct the “Red Piranha Venus Flytrap Germination in Microgravity” while Dias, Sandoval, Vasquez and Cabral will be simultaneously conducting the same experiment at John Muir School.  John Muir is only one of 33 other communities totaling 29,300 students across the US, Canada, and Brazil to be accepted into the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) who will participate in Mission 14 Apollo. Launch date is tentatively planned for Wednesday, December 2 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Past SSEP launch dates were typically in June, but due to COVID-19, the launch had to be delayed to December. John Muir Principal Dave Whitmore plans on sending a small group of delegates to escort the young student scientists to the SSEP National Conference which will be held at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC next summer where the fab four will present their findings.

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