North Charleston school's experiment going to International Space Station

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A group of North Charleston students is preparing to send an experiment to NASA that will ultimately land at the International Space Station. Three students spent the day carefully packing their experiment to be shipped.

"It's indescribable, I think it's kind of like having a kid and sending that kid to Harvard, really," said senior Rachel Lindbergh.

Students Joseph Garvey, Gabe Voigt, and Lindbergh worked together for months to piece together the experiment and presentation. Their hypothesis tests the development of tin whiskers, a small needle-like structure, that can cause certain devices to short circuit.

"Even if it doesn't happen like we planned at all, we've still learned something about tin whiskers and that's really the goal," said Lindbergh.

A few days ago, the students presented their experiment to a group of judges at the Smithsonian Museum and won first place and a spot for the experiment on the Yankee Clipper rocket.

"Once we got to Washington, we're in the Smithsonian and we're about to step up on the stage to give our speeches, that's when it set in. I am sending something to the International Space Station. I'm contributing to the scientific community," said Garvey.

This was the second time in the final round for sophomores Voigt and Garvey.

"The first year we went and we proposed our experiment, we went through the first round and we were selected for the top three experiments, which were sent to Washington through proposal. We came in second place. So that was very painful for us," said Garvey.

But they decided not to give up on the student space flight experiments program.

"That program gives students the ability to be emerged in authentic research, as they all write proposals to go to the international space station. And one experiment is chosen from each community," said Lindbergh.

Only one experimental tube will be sent in to space, the others will stay on earth as a control. The expected launch date is Oct. 14.

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