Rescheduled for Jan. 9
The launch of SpaceX CRS-5 carrying 18 student experiments to the International Space Station, including one from Ocean City students, was scrubbed last minute Tuesday morning.
The launch, which was rescheduled from December and was to carry supplies to the ISS, was expected to occur at 6:20 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6 from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
According to the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program blog, “At T-minus 1 min 28 sec flight controllers aborted launch of SpaceX CRS-5 due to an anomaly in the second stage.”
A new launch date was tentatively set for Friday, Jan. 9. Launch would be at 5:09 a.m., with live coverage on NASA TV starting at 4 a.m.
During the last school year, six students from Ocean City High School created an experiment analyzing the effect of microgravity on the attachment rate of E. coli bacteria to lettuce cells. The experiment, designed by Lauren Bowersock, Mercy Griffith, Kristine Redmond, Daniel Loggi, Kaitland Wriggins and Alison Miles, was one of 18 chosen from school districts across the nation to make the trip on Mission 6 aboard the Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus spacecraft.
The experiments were supposed to travel to astronauts at the ISS Oct. 28 from Wallops Island, Va., but were destroyed when the Antares rocket exploded just after liftoff.
After the loss, NASA and NanoRacks assisted the students in recreating their experiments for a new launch.