Two TPHS students are part of a team of women, affiliated with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), who will be running experiments on board the International Space Station.

Pooja Bisarya, grade 9, and Meera Kota, grade 10, are part of an exceptional group of women who have been working together to make this happen. The girls joined the San Diego Science Alliance in 7th grade, which led to their affiliation with

BE WiSE (Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering.)

Meera and Pooja were selected to work on payload. The experiment

they chose was “When alum-saturated solutions are sent into space, will the shape and structure of the crystal differ from the control on earth?” For the experiment, different RGB lights (white, red, green, blue, cyan, magenta and yellow) will be programmed to turn on hourly, and a camera will take a picture. Every 3 days, the pictures will be sent to the team for review and analysis.

The experiment will run during the month of Mar., arriving via SpaceX on the Dragon 10 spacecraft, an unmanned vehicle, where it will join with the International Space Station.