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Team Orion!

Team Members

  • Jamison Fuller
  • Xavier Gomez
  • Srikar Prasad Kaligotla
  • Finn Poulin
  • Graham Shunk

The team’s winning experiment focuses on the evaluation of radiotrophic fungi in microgravity as a possible radiation barrier. This experiment launched to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX CRS-16 on December 5, 2018.

The Durham Series was made possible especially thanks to the support of the Durham County Library and the Durham Library Foundation. We are grateful for all their support. Higher Orbits would also like to extend a special thanks to all of volunteers, sponsors and donors who made all 6 of these events possible.


The team is still evaluating the data and we will post updates when we have them.

“All of the experiments designed by students during the six Go For Launch! events in Durham County were very impressive, and we are extremely proud that team Orion’s experiment will represent all of them and be flown to the International Space Station. It’s exciting that Durham County Library will be the first library that we know of to have a student experiment sent into space. We can’t wait to see what results will come from it!”

Matthew Clobridge, Durham County Library Technology Management Administrator

“I am so proud of the Orion team, who earned the opportunity to fly their experiment to the International Space Station this fall. And hats off to Higher Orbits and the Durham community, for making the commitment to enrich the lives of hundreds of local youth who participated in this amazing educational program!”

Astronaut (retired) Gregory H. Johnson

“To be able to contribute to the exploration of a whole new frontier is really cool. This experience escalated from a summer camp to a scale out of this world (literally) and that is truly amazing and memorable.”

Finn Poulin, Orion Team Member

"Higher Orbits Go For Launch! series has given our family an invaluable opportunity to experience STEM in an exciting and fun way. I highly recommend Michelle Lucas's one-of-a-kind Space Camp to anyone interested in learning more about performing interesting and needed scientific research in microgravity!"

Sarah Shunk, Parent of Orion Team Member

Durham Series

Experiments like these make it to space through your charitable contributions!

Higher Orbits is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math by bringing young people together with Astronauts and industry professionals to explore the exciting possibilities offered by space and space exploration!

Please make all checks payable to “Higher Orbits" and send to:

Higher Orbits Foundation PO Box 4092 Leesburg, VA 20177