A Parksville science experiment has headed to the stars.

On Thursday afternoon, SpaceX launched a space capsule bound for the International Space Station. Onboard is a 3D printer to make human tissues and about 5,000 pounds of other experiments and supplies. One of the experiments was put together by Parksville students.
The teens’ experiment demonstrates how alfalfa sprouts can grow in space. The five students from Ballenas Secondary School hopes the experiment could eventually lead to feeding future astronauts.

The project is the only B.C. experiment to be selected to go into space during this launch. If all goes to plan, the students’ work will arrive at the space station on Saturday.

Watch a video of the launch below:

With files from The Canadian Press