Launch of rocket carrying UNH experiment rescheduled to Saturday

A group from the University of New Hampshire will now have to wait until Saturday afternoon to see their experiment go into space. Less than four minutes before Tuesday’s scheduled liftoff of a Space X rocket NASA called off the launch because of weather. It was disappointing news for members of a UNH Manchester team in Florida waiting to see their experiment go into space. “We have been working on this project since August of 2020,” said Sydney Rollins, Novel Methods of Antibiotic Discovery in Space project co- lead. The NoMADS project is sending soil samples to the International Space Station to see how the bacteria in the soil react to microgravity. The UNH team worked with middle schoolers in Newington to prepare the experiment. “We all trekked out there into Newington Town Forest last Saturday and all the kids and the teacher and the team collected the soil together,” Rollins said. Once reaching zero gravity, the team hopes the experiment will provide critical information that could lead to new medical treatments. “And we’re also hoping that because they’ll be stressed out because of new conditions, that they’ll go into one of their stress responses, which happens to be producing antibiotics,” Rollins said. The team won’t know the results until after their experiment returns to earth. But they said this has already been a learning experience for them and their middle school student scientists. “Every time we go there, it’s just a blast. I mean, we teach them about science, about bacteria, antibiotics and then we go play dodgeball and the whole thing has just been like so much fun and such a great experience for all of us,” Rollins said. The trip wasn’t a total loss for the UNH team. They still got to see a launch — they were there when NASA’s Artemis rocket took off for its test flight to the moon.

A group from the University of New Hampshire will now have to wait until Saturday afternoon to see their experiment go into space.

Less than four minutes before Tuesday’s scheduled liftoff of a Space X rocket NASA called off the launch because of weather. It was disappointing news for members of a UNH Manchester team in Florida waiting to see their experiment go into space.

“We have been working on this project since August of 2020,” said Sydney Rollins, Novel Methods of Antibiotic Discovery in Space project co-lead.

The NoMADS project is sending soil samples to the International Space Station to see how the bacteria in the soil react to microgravity.

The UNH team worked with middle schoolers in Newington to prepare the experiment.

“We all trekked out there into Newington Town Forest last Saturday and all the kids and the teacher and the team collected the soil together,” Rollins said.

Once reaching zero gravity, the team hopes the experiment will provide critical information that could lead to new medical treatments.

“And we’re also hoping that because they’ll be stressed out because of new conditions, that they’ll go into one of their stress responses, which happens to be producing antibiotics,” Rollins said.

The team won’t know the results until after their experiment returns to earth. But they said this has already been a learning experience for them and their middle school student scientists.

“Every time we go there, it’s just a blast. I mean, we teach them about science, about bacteria, antibiotics and then we go play dodgeball and the whole thing has just been like so much fun and such a great experience for all of us,” Rollins said.

The trip wasn’t a total loss for the UNH team.

They still got to see a launch — they were there when NASA’s Artemis rocket took off for its test flight to the moon.

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