B.C. students' science project finally launches successfully into space

The SpaceX rocket is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida with a science project aboard created by a group of students from McGowan Park Elementary School in Kamloops, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015.
Image Credit: Contributed/NASA

KAMLOOPS - A group of Kamloops students has finally put a science project into space after suffering a setback last year.

The project was aboard the SpaceX rocket that successfully blast off from Cape Canaveral in Florida early Saturday morning.

The rocket is expected to dock at the International Space Station by Monday.

Four boys from McGowan Park Elementary School designed the project to examine how a zero-gravity environment affects the growth of crystals.

Their amateur experiment was destroyed on Oct. 28 when a NASA-contracted rocket exploded in a spectacular fireball in eastern Virginia.

The students rebuilt the project and are finally celebrating the successful launch along with McGowan Park teachers on Saturday.

They won a contest to have their experiment join 17 other student projects from across North America on a trip to the space station.

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