OCEAN CITY (AP) — A rocket will carry an experiment designed by Ocean City students to the International Space Station.

Antares stands ready to launch the Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft to the International Space Station from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Va.(NASA/Patrick Black)

Six students are in Virginia to watch Monday night's launch.

Teacher Catherine Georges tells The Press of Atlantic City the students are examining the effect of microgravity on the attachment rate of E. coli bacteria to lettuce leaves. When their test tube is returned, the students will learn whether their hypothesis that E. coli attaches at a lesser rate in space is true.

 

The launch of the Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft to the International Space Station will be visible in the eastern sky around 6:45 p.m. (Orbital)

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