Pleasanton students design out of this world, literally  

April 30, 2012

It might have been said that somebody is "out of this world" and in this instance it really is true. Recently a high school student from Pleasanton Public School had a space design of his chosen to be put on a patch and sent into space where it will land on the International Space Station.

Pleasanton High School senior Brady Darby's design has been chosen to be aboard the revolutionary Dragon rocket to be launched from Florida on Monday, April 30.

During this school year students from Pleasanton Public School and Norris High School have been conducting research experiments through the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program which entails them studying the effect of microgravity to the International Space Station. Darby's patch, which depicts Earth, the moon, and the space station is, the perfect choice for the contest, says his science teacher Alison Buescher.

"His design not only shows what the project is all about, it's done so well it is a great representation of our school." Darby's design was chosen among 77 students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. He says he was both honored and surprised when he found his design was chosen. "I didn't think I had a chance and was shocked when my design won."

He says he has quite a bit of experience in graphic design, which helped in his effort to complete the design. "I am very good with Photoshop and use it often." Buescher will be attending the rocket launch in Florida along with Norris High School science educator Cindy Larson-Miller. The patch selected to represent Norris Public Schools was designed by fifth grade students, Zoe Nielsen, Tanner Chambers, and Cassandra Morse. It, too, will aboard the Dragon rocket.

A project conducted by the advanced biology students from Norris High School was chosen to go aboard the rocket to the space station. The microgravity experiment and both mission patches will travel home with the astronauts on July 1 when the Mission 1 payload returns on the Russian Soyuz 29 rocket.

By Josh Salmon, Beacon-Observer