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Epsori Space Systems Free Seeds Experiment To Launch April 28

The Epsori team has run a test of the batch of Brocolli, Alfalfa, and Radish seeds to insure the group that is flying into space on April 28th has an active mix of seeds.
by Staff Writers
San Diego CA (SPX) Apr 27, 2007
Epsori Space Systems announced today that its Free Seeds Experiment will be flying aboard the Up Aerospace SL-2 launch, scheduled for Saturday, April 28 th 2007 . Epsori Space Systems will distribute the experiment to 2500 classrooms in the fall of 2007. The payload contains 22 ounces of mixed vegetable seeds.

Teachers in grades 3-5 will be offered a free experiment along with approved curriculum, student workbooks, and packages of seeds that have flown into space. The experiment allows students to compare the growth of seeds in a control group, to the growth of the space seeds. Students are taught classic techniques of scientific observation and record keeping during the experiment's two week execution.

Epsori Space Systems executives believe its pioneering approach of flying experiments to space to teach fundamental science skills in the classroom provides a fun way to connect children with space science.

Quoting Jerry Hilburn, founder of Epsori Space Systems, "By placing seeds which have flown into space in the hands of our children, we engage their minds, excite their hearts, and make science fun!" Teachers are encouraged to visit the site to learn more about the experiment. Epsori will be accepting applications from teachers for the free program starting May 1st , 2007.

Epsori Space Systems was founded in 2007 with the mission of delivering affordable space based experiments to classrooms across America . Based in the heart of the New Space industry in Southern California , Epsori plans to launch thousands of experiments onboard emerging New Space commercial spacecraft in coming years. Up Aerospace is the first "public access to space" company to provide a low cost method of placing our experiments in space.

Quoting co-founder, Joshua Johnson, "We are excited to be onboard SL-2 and look forward to flying payloads with Up Aerospace for many years to come". Epsori Space Systems will launch a new social network website for teachers and students in September, which will provide a platform for reporting experiences, research findings, classroom photography, and video content of the experiments execution. Distribution of the seeds experiment will begin September 1 st , 2007 .

The Epsori Space Systems media team will attend the launch in New Mexico on Saturday, April 28 th, to record videos of the event and interviews of key participants. All news, photos, and videos will be posted at as they become available.

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Tokyo (AFP) Feb 13, 2007
Veteran astronaut Koichi Wakata was named Tuesday as the first Japanese to stay long-term in space, and said he hoped to bring ramen noodles to the International Space Station. Wakata, 43, will be carried by a US space shuttle in the fall of 2008 and stay on the International Space Station for about three months to work with US and Russian astronauts, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said.

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