Nanaimo District Secondary School students Sam Sukadana, left, Madison Baumel, Serena Hartel, Paige Arden and Carter Tan are developing an experiment they hope will fly on the International Space Station in spring 2018. The results of the experiment, to test the effect of microgravity on brassica rapa pollen tube growth, could lead to agricultural applications in space exploration, such as crops grown aboard spacecraft on deep space missions or for planet colonization. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

Nanaimo District Secondary School students Sam Sukadana, left, Madison Baumel, Serena Hartel, Paige Arden and Carter Tan are developing an experiment they hope will fly on the International Space Station in spring 2018. The results of the experiment, to test the effect of microgravity on brassica rapa pollen tube growth, could lead to agricultural applications in space exploration, such as crops grown aboard spacecraft on deep space missions or for planet colonization. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

NDSS students present progress report on space mission project

Three NDSS student teams to present projects under review by NASA for space-station mission

Three Nanaimo District Secondary School student teams will be at this week’s Nanaimo Astronomy Society meeting to present their experiment projects for an upcoming mission aboard the International Space Station.

The three teams are finalists for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. Their project proposals are currently being reviewed by NASA scientists and engineers, who will choose one project for a mission to the International Space Station in the spring of 2018.

The students will present their work at the astronomy society meeting at Beban Park social centre Thursday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m.