The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has chosen a team from Charlottesville High School to send one of their experiments into space.
The student team is part of four finalists in NASA's Balloon-Sat competition. Their proposal will go up on a NASA balloon to test atmospheric conditions on the growth of E. coli in space in May. Once the experiment is built, it will go up 100,000 feet in the air and then they will analyze the results.
"As one of the winning teams, they have approved our proposal, and they're gonna fund the actual construction of our experiment," said Physics Teacher Mitt Shields. "Now we're in the construction phase where they're procuring materials and they're gonna actually test the conditions that they expect to see in space."
NASA will fly the team to Cleveland, Ohio for the liftoff in May.