For the SpaceX CRS-14 mission, a Dragon capsule launched on April 2 and berthed with the International Space Station on April 4. The capsule carried 5,836 pounds (2,647 kilograms) of food, experiments and hardware, including 31 experiments designed by middle and high school students!
Launching your own experiment to the ISS is easier than you might think! Space Station Explorers has several programs that send students’ science to space, including DreamUp, Genes in Space, Go For Launch!, Guardians of the Galaxy Space Station Challenge, National Design Challenge, Quest for Space, the Space Crystal Prize, the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), and the Zero Robotics competition.
Enjoy this recap of the launch day, as experienced by the student researchers.