SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft are scheduled to launch this upcoming Sunday, June 28 at 10:21 AM on their seventh mission to bring supplies to restock the International Space Station (ISS).  The launch is set to take place at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.  This mission is especially of concern for the CT Space Grant because students from Hartford’s Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School took part in the Students Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), developing a mini-lab to be conducted up in space.  The school also took part in SSEP’s Mission Patch Art and Design Competition, picking one out of many student submissions to represent the school on the flight.  The winning entry (pictured below) was chosen for its meaning to the school and to the school’s project.  Congratulations to the school and its students for both the scientific and artistic accomplishments!


“Diabetes is a serious disease that affects millions of people’s lives across the world; therefore I added a heart to show the importance of our mission. The 1 and 2 show the two different types of diabetes. The blood cells and sugar are what diabetes affects the most. The way dirt is floating around represents the microgravity environment. The yellow rays and silver dots are the reproduction of synthetic insulin on its maiden voyage to the International Space Station. Finally, the STEM shows how Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School will be soaring to new heights and helping to find a cure to a worldwide crisis – diabetes.”

Weather forecasters predict favorable weather for the date of the launch.  You can watch NASA TV’s live coverage of the launch here.