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South Carolina Students Send Special Time Capsule Box into Space on Inspiration4

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Students from Indian Land Elementary in Fort Mill, SC (Lancaster County), are a part of history after the Inspiration4 crew went to space with a payload that includes a time capsule the students put together.

The second graders entered the EPIC Challenge and Inspiration4 Science Fair, which brought in nearly 600 entries representing 285 classes in 225 schools across the country.

Their class received the Top Classroom Innovation Award representing Hope for the invention of the Buddy Blanket. Aptly named, the prototype features handwritten notes of encouragement for patients feeling sad or scared while undergoing treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

As a prize, the class got to fill a time capsule box that went to space on Inspiration4. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity connects the students to St. Jude and Inspiration4, the world’s first all-civilian mission to space, with a former St. Jude patient among the crew.

“We have also been so very fortunate to have been able to create a Time Capsule for the Inspiration4 all-civilian mission to space,” teach Michelle Anderson said. “We filled it with special items and memories to represent our fantastic journey with St. Jude. We are so excited to be a small part of this amazing piece of history. We are so thankful to St. Jude and Mrs. Sarah Bucciero for allowing us to be a part of something so special.”

Inspiration4 launched on Wednesday, September 15th, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The crew, including Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux, Chris Sembroski, and Dr. Sian Proctor will orbit the Earth for multiple days in a Dragon spacecraft before returning to Earth.

Photos are courtesy of Michelle Anderson, Indian Land Elementary School. Anderson is the teacher of the award winning class.

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