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"Try zero G" junior scientist visits Tsukuba Space Center

Last Updated: December 3, 2012

Watching space experiment operation

An Australian school girl, who proposed a subject to the Try Zero G program, visited Tsukuba Space Center of JAXA on 27th November 2012.

Ms. Lily Thornton (12) proposed "Weight Station", which was to observe the behavior of a spring balance under microgravity. Try Zero G is an educational program in space, sponsored by JAXA, to perform simple, yet excellent science experiments proposed by young students. Japanese Astronaut Aki Hoshide conducted eight experiments in the Kibo module of the ISS on 16th November, just before his return to Earth.

Lily watched the down-linked video of her experiment performed by Hoshide and learned of the phenomena in microgravity. She also toured the space center including mission control room and astronaut training facility, and learned much about the International Space Station.

Lily's mother, Elisa Thornton, said that Lily dreams to be a Space Robotics Engineer.

Presented the result (video of her experiment)

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