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Space Research Programme

Introduction by,

Fira Fatmasiefa, Project Manager

"The Chandra Kumala School Space Research Programme or CKSSRP for short, is a microgravity research project affiliated with NASA, under the help of Quest Institute America and Center for Innovative Learning Jakarta.

Basically, this programme is done to allow us send our research to the ISS, where it will be able to take place in a condition of no gravity.

Our research in particular, is to observe the growth Slime Mold inside a 3D-Maze. Slime Mold (Physarun polycephalum) a protist that is sensitive to light and reacts to stimuli such as food and water, where it will grow and make "branches" in order to reach food source.

In our research, we propose to use the Slime Mold as a model for stem cells used in transplantable engineering, where it can be interpreted to many different parts of biology, such as tissue growth and the evolution of molecular organisms. We hope that with this research, we can contribute and add references for future projects in molecular biology.

Our research is then built inside a chamber called the Micro Lab where the research will take place while it's in the International Space Station. Our team have sent our own Micro Lab to Quest Institute, where it will wait for its faithful launch aboard the Orbital ATK-OA-9, from Wallop Islands, Virginia, on the 22nd of May."

Keep checking back for updates.

The two-stage launcher ignited its two Russian-made RD-181 main engines at 4:44:06 a.m. EDT (0844:06 GMT) Monday, and the Antares rocket lifted off a few seconds later from pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Live feed from ISS

The payload docked with the Internation Space Station (ISS) on May 24th. When the payload docks with the International Space Station you will be able to watch here.

Docking with ISS Update

Cygnus spacecraft is an American automated cargo spacecraft carrying our Research Project. The craft should be captured Thursday, May 24th at 3:45am (EDT), Approx 2:45pm Indonesian Time or 8:45am British Summertime.

After this, at approximately 4:20pm Indonesian Time, Cygnus will be installed into the stations Unity Module. It will be installed via robot arm controlled by ground controllers.

Confirmation of the time can be found here at the NASA Live site.