By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
June 26, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- An FSU chemistry professor will soon get to watch his experiment blast off into space.
Oliver Steinbock's "chemical gardens" will go up on the Space X rocket on Friday.
"About a year ago when this first started, it still seemed like a very distant possibility," Dr. Steinbock said when we visited him in his lab.
"I mean it's not an opportunity that everyone gets so we're excited."
Astronauts at the International Space Station will then see how these tiny structures grow in micro gravity.
"Astronauts will take the samples, run the experiments, videotape them and then at some point, we get the samples back for further analysis," Steinbock said.
Steinbock says NASA is interested in these "inorganic" gardens because similar structures occur naturally on our ocean floors and may be growing on the moons of other planets.
Steinbock says the experiments may give scientists a better understanding of the origins of life.