By Mike DeNardo
PENNSAUKEN, N.J. (CBS) — A couple of South Jersey high school students have prepared a science experiment to be carried out this fall aboard the International Space Station.READ MORE: Federal Donuts Shooting: Police Release Surveillance Photos Of Suspects Wanted In Northern Liberties Double Shooting That Left Teen Injured
In a lab at Pennsauken High School, seniors Michelle Wan and Lacy Smith stirred a solution of uric acid to prepare it for a trip into space this fall.
They’ll be testing how microgravity affects the rate that chicken bones decay in uric acid — something that could lead to better treatments for gout.
Smith has a hypothesis: “I don’t know why, there’s something in my mind telling me it’s going to decay faster in space,” she tells KYW Newsradio.READ MORE: Contractor Finds 9 Cats, 7 Kittens Inside Walls Of Abandoned House In Philadelphia
They’ll do a control experiment on Earth, then compare the two.
Wan says running a space experiment is an exacting endeavor.
“You have to measure everything very precisely and make sure not to contaminate anything,” she says. “Because if you do, then the experiment might not turn out the way you want it.”
Theirs was chosen as one of eleven student experiments nationwide to be run aboard the space station. Their teacher, Peter Woodcock, couldn’t be more proud.MORE NEWS: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Possible?
“Their name will be in the record books forever,” he said today.