NASA Space Shuttle Crystal Experiment Conducted by
Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School
Pembrook Pines, Florida

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    Several of the classes at the school worked on an experiment that was on board the NASA space shuttle Columbia which was destroyed during re-entry on February 1, 2003. The project was to compare crystal growth in microgravity to that on Earth.
   The experiment was headed by Pembroke Pines science teacher Barry Perlman. Scientists speculate such research one day could revolutionize the pharmaceutical industry by helping to grow purer drugs in space at a faster rate.

 Under the direction of Mr. Perlman, several classes of seventh-graders were directly involved with the NASA experiment. 

Experiment Found
    The Pembroke Pines experiment was found by a search team in Texas. After an examination by NASA, it was returned to the school for analysis by Mr. Perlman's science classes.

Below are updates from the Kennedy Space Center on the Experiment


05/07/2003 - KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA
Barry Perlman, Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School in Florida, prepares a computer to receive data from an experiment carried on mission STS-107. The Tin Crystal Formation experiment was sponsored by the Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School.
05/07/2003 - KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA
From left, Barry Perlman, Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School in Florida; Valerie Cassanto, Instrumentation Technology Associates, Inc.; and Dr. Dennis Morrison, NASA Johnson Space Center, process one of the experiments carried on mission STS-107.
05/07/2003 - KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA
Barry Perlman, Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School in Florida, examines one of the experiments carried on mission STS-107 as Bob McLean, Southwest Texas State University, looks on.
05/07/2003 - KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA
Valerie Cassanto, Instrumentation Technology Associates, Inc., studies one of the experiments carried on mission STS-107
05/07/2003 - KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA
From left, Barry Perlman, Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School in Florida, and Valerie Cassanto, Instrumentation Technology Associates, Inc., analyze one of the experiments carried on mission STS-107.
05/07/2003 - KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA
From left, Barry Perlman, Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School in Florida, and Valerie Cassanto, Instrumentation Technology Associates, Inc., process one of the experiments carried on mission STS-107.
05/07/2003 - KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA
From left, Barry Perlman, Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School in Florida, and Valerie Cassanto, Instrumentation Technology Associates, Inc., process one of the experiments carried on mission STS-107.
05/06/2003 - KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA
Barry Perlman (left), Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School in Florida, talks to the media about some of the experiments recovered during the search for Columbia debris. At right are John Cassanto, with Instrumentation Technology Associates, Inc., and Lou Friedman, executive director of the Planetary Society.
05/06/2003 - KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA
In the background, scientists talk to the media about the experiments recovered during the search for Columbia debris. From left are George D'Heilly, with Instrumentation Technology Associates,  Barry Perlman, Pembroke Pines Middle School in Florida; John Cassanto, with ITA; and Lou Friedman, executive dir of the Planetary Society.
05/06/2003 - KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA
John Cassanto (center), with Instrumentation Technology Associates, Inc., explains the use of the apparatus used for experiments on mission STS-107. At left is Barry Perlman, Pembroke Pines Middle School in Florida; at right is Lou Friedman, executive director of the Planetary Society.
05/06/2003 - KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA
George D'Heilly, with Instrumentation Technology Associates, Inc., Barry Perlman, Pembroke Pines Middle School in Florida, John Cassanto, with ITA, and Lou Friedman, executive director of the Planetary Society, talk to the media about the experiments recovered during the search for Columbia debris.

The above pictures & information is from the Kennedy Space Center.


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