[cross-posted and edited from Kentucky Space] At Discovery News, Ian O'Neill (@Discovery_Space @astroengine) has written a very nice piece about JAXA's launch of Valley Christian High School's plant growth research using a Kentucky Space-designed mini-lab.
Now that the International Space Station is nearing completion, questions are buzzing about its usefulness to mankind. Well, as the NanoRack/CubeLab system has proven, through collaboration of non-profit organizations, companies, space agencies and institutions, useful space science isn't just carried out by governments with multi-billion dollar budgets, high school students can get in on the action too.
The crew of the ISS grappled the Japanese vessel today.
Kentucky Space delivers CubeLab payloads to the ISS through its strategic partnership with the aerospace company, NanoRacks. It will continue to enjoy regular access to the ISS even after the aging and costly space shuttle is retired and replaced by craft from NASA's international partners - such as Japan - and by private firms in the United States like SpaceX.
Kentucky Space is working to systematically extend these kinds of research opportunities to high school students in the commonwealth. Who would have thought it?