October 11, 2012

SpaceX Docks


Scott: The crew on board the International Space Station managed to snag a dragon yesterday.

Dragon is the first commercial cargo vessel launched by the private company SpaceX and NASA. It took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida last Sunday night as a group of young people from Houston, Texas were watching and cheering.

Allie Burns: I’m watching something that I did go up into space, like, what is going on? This is crazy!

Scott: They were all part of a team from Pershing Middle School, one of 11 schools picked in a nationwide contest to have their experiments carried into space by the Dragon.

Amber Pinchback: The kids were really competitive with it; they wanted to win. They knew they had tough competitors and so they gave it their all.

Austin Abbott: I just thought it was really cool that ours actually got in.

Scott: So what was the project that got in? Well, their experiment will test the effects of zero gravity and antibiotics on the growth of bacteria in space. And these teens named their project, One Small Step for Bacteria, One Giant Leap for Mankind.

But that wasn’t the only special student cargo carried on board the Dragon. Two California schools sent up an experiment to see if silly putty works in space. They would like to see if it behaves any different than down here on earth.

The SpaceX rocket also had a special delivery for the space station crew – ice cream! Vanilla with swirled chocolate sauce, carried into orbit in a freezer that chills down to more than minus 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sunita Williams: Thanks to everybody at SpaceX and NASA for bringing her here to us…and the ice cream.

Scott: Scott Evans, Channel One News.


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