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Like ideas, crystals form, take shape and grow. They become snowflakes, diamonds or salt. They also could assume new characteristics if chemicals in those crystals become altered in the zero gravity of space.
Countless elementary school children have grown sugar crystals on a string in science class – rock candy. But only a select group of students from Eastfield and El Centro colleges have tried to crystallize sodium acetate under zero-gravity and near-zero-gravity conditions.
Members of DCCCD's team work on their experiment at Johnson Space Center.