One Cool Thing: Fireflies in Space

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When a second-grade class wondered what would happen if a firefly went to space (would it still be able to light up in zero gravity?) their teacher, Maggie Samudio, helped them get the answer by helping her students send an experiment to space.

As the New York Times reported, Blue Origin, the rocket company started by Jeffrey P. Bezos, chief executive of Amazon, was planning to offer the ability for schools to fly small experiments on its New Shepard suborbital spacecraft for as little as $8,000. So for the price of school football uniforms, any school district that affords football can now send things into space.

While no fireflies were harmed in the experiment, the answer is yes, fireflies can indeed glow in space!

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