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Conn. teens' experiment aboard shuttle Endeavour

The space shuttle Endeavour lifts off from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Monday, May 16, 2011. The space shuttle Endeavour began a 14-day mission to the international space station. ((AP Photo/Marta Lavandier))

May 17, 2011 4:38:36 AM PDT
The shuttle Endeavour is carrying a bit of Connecticut education into space.

Five Shelton High School students have a science experiment on the shuttle, which blasted off Monday from Cape Canaveral. It is the onlyConnecticut school with a project on Endeavour, which is scheduled for a 14-day trip.

Their experiment involves growing bacteria to test microgravity's effect on how certain cell walls develop.

The students traveled to Florida in April when the shuttle was first expected to launch, but it was delayed because of a mechanical problem. They watched the launch Monday from their Shelton classroom.

The shuttle Atlantis will also carry a Connecticut project into space next month. Hartford's Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School recently was named among 12 schools nationwide to develop an experiment for the trip.

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