Earlier this week, Astronaut Ricky Arnold started one of the two winning student experiments from the Genes in Space-5 payload, which launched to the International Space Station on SpaceX CRS-14. One student experiment aims to validate a method that could be used to examine the effects of spaceflight on the function of the immune system. The other student experiment seeks to validate a technique that could be used to measure cancer-inducing genomic instability linked to radiation exposure during spaceflight.
The SpaceX CRS-14 mission included 31 experiments designed by middle and high school students. Check out some launch-day photos of student researchers who got to watch their experiments launch to the ISS!