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Hartford Student Experiment Aboard Shuttle

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Space Shuttle Atlantis (Bruce Weaver/AP/Getty Images)

Space Shuttle Atlantis (Bruce Weaver/AP/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The last U.S. space shuttle flight is carrying a science experiment from a magnet school in Hartford.

Students from Annie Fisher STEM school designed the experiment to test the effect of microgravity on tomato growth.

The tomato seeds and soil in a vial onboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis will travel at least 4 million miles.

After the shuttle returns the space seeds will be compared to ones grown on Earth.

The eighth-grade students who worked on the project told The Hartford Courant they put the experiment together in five days.

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