This group of ten and 11-year-old girls really is something.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
May 9, 2019
Courtesy Marfa Independent School District

Look up at the sky at night in Western Texas and you'll always be amazed. It's no surprise youngsters who grow up in and around the Marfa community are inspired to study space.

One such group of six ten and 11-year-old girls are particularly fascinated by what lies beyond the earth's grasp. So fascinated, in fact, that the "Marfa Martians" with the help of their science teacher, Cheri Aguero, entered a nationwide science contest where the winning experiment would be performed on the International Space Station by astronauts.  

Could they win? The odds were looking slim with more than 23,000 students — and many high school students, so significantly older than the girls — but they weren't discouraged.

"I was trying to prepare them for not going on because they are young, and they surprised me every single time we go on to a next step," said Aguero, in an interview with CBS News. The students' experiment set out to look for a way to kill bacteria in space. The topic may be over-the-head for most of us, but the judges at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum were impressed, and elected the Marfa Martians' experiment to make it to the space station. Watch the full video below.

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Wow — We're super impressed by this talented group of young scientists. Congratulations to the Marfa Martians, their teacher Cheri Aguero, and their proud loved ones!

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