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East HS experiment traveling on SpaceX rocket to ISS

Three students from East High School watched Monday as SpaceX launched their experiment in a rocket from the Kennedy Space Center. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A rocket carrying a local science experiment is on its way to the International Space Station.

Three students from East High School watched Monday as SpaceX launched their experiment in a rocket from the Kennedy Space Center.

Last fall, they competed with students across the nation to create research proposals to test how organisms - phytoplankton, in their case - are able to survive in space without sunlight or gravity.

"I feel like if it lasts longer in space, then we know the life span of spirulina," said De'aunte Johnson, an East High School graduate. "Then we could use it to make oxygen up in space."

The rocket will carry the East High School experiment for six to eight weeks in orbit before returning to the school.

"It's a good day because I know it could help people in the future," said Tailor Davis, a senior at East High.

"In the future, it'll really open a lot of doors to be known as someone who sent something up to space and actually experimented and did research - especially at this age," said Binti Mohamed, another graduate of East High School.

Both Binti and De'aunte graduated in June and are going off to college. They said they will try to come back and help Tailor with the final analysis of their experiment.

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