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Baltimore City 8th grader makes spatial moves in STEM with launch of bacteria experiment into outer space

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By Nicole D. Batey Morgan has not yet entered high school and she is already making a profound impact in outer space.& Recently, she and her team, Team Andromeda, were selected as winners of Higher Point’s 2021 Go For Launch! event in Lakeland, Fla.& Together,& Morgan and teammates Krysta Fowler, Chelsea Mayfield, Anais Mera-Sarnelli and Autumn Rhodes, created an experiment to study the ‘Effects of Microgravity on a Radiation Resistant Bacteria.” Team Andromeda’s project was further developed by Space Tango and is scheduled to leave planet Earth on March 14. The project will catch a ride to the International Space Station on the SpaceX CRS-27 from the Kennedy Center in Florida shortly after 8 p.m. “It feels really surreal to have our project chosen to go into space. I just couldn’t believe it, but I am so excited! I look forward to going to Florida and seeing my teammates—I haven’t seen them in two years,” said Morgan, a student at James McHenry Elementary Middle School in Southwest Baltimore, ahead of traveling to the launch event.& Her parents, Ian “Sonny” and Quianna Grayson couldn’t be prouder. “As a father, it’s always great to have something to connect with my children over,...