Hilo student to launch science project into space

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Waiakea Intermediate student's science project was ready to be launched into space with an Orbital Sciences Corp. rocket on Wednesday, but the company delayed the space station delivery mission because of a strong solar storm.

Josh Ebesugawa, a seventh grader, developed an experiment that was selected by NASA among nearly 1,500 applicants nationwide. His study focuses on finding new ways to grow food in space.

"An experiment like this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Ebesugawa said. "I kind of feel fortunate."

He would send soybean seeds up to space with the Antares – Orbital's unmanned rocket which would also include 22 other student experiments – and compare them with those grown simultaneously at his home in Hilo.

It has not yet been determined when the next launch attempt will happen.

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