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DC seventh-graders send salty meat to space

An experiment designed by seventh graders at the Capitol Hill Cluster School in Northeast has docked at the International Space Station.

The experiment is testing whether salting can be an alternative way to preserve meat for astronauts at the Space Station; currently the meat eaten on the ISS is freeze-dried. The experiment will test whether bacteria grow on meat in microgravity and whether salt works to inhibit bacteria, as it does on earth.

The seventh graders' experiment is one of many experiments that reached the ISS on Sunday; another experiment looks at the behavior of ants; yet another will look at how fluids slosh in microgravity.

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