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Firefly experiment back from space

Do Fireflies glow in zero gravity? That's the question students at Cumberland Elementary in West Lafayette asked a Purdue Professor.

Posted: Dec. 14, 2017 5:15 PM
Updated: Dec. 14, 2017 6:40 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Do Fireflies glow in zero gravity? That's the question students at Cumberland Elementary in West Lafayette asked a Purdue Professor.

Astronautics professor Steven Collicott didn't know, so he promised to find out. Collicott took the two chemicals which cause the insect to light up and had them shot up in a rocket on Tuesday. He shared his results with the students on Thursday.

Collicott said it's exciting when kids ask questions about space.

"We had a lot of fun along the way," Collicott said. "The students all had their hypotheses about what would happen or not and why. It was great to listen to them to discuss that."

Collicott said by the time these young kids are adults, commercial space travel will be common.

"Seeing that Space flight is a part of their lives. It's much more affordable and quicker now than ever before. It's just helping them to aim high for their futures," Collicott said.

If you are wondering, the answer to the question is: yes. The chemicals mixed and glowed at more than 200,000 feet above the earth.

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