Fairfield County resident Ziggy Zhao, who attends the Pierrepont School in Westport, won one of the five Junior Scientist Awards from the Genes in Space contest, which asks students from across the country to design biology experiments that address real-world challenges in space exploration.
The winning study will be carried out by astronauts aboard the International Space Station next year.
The 12-year-old Zhao created an experiment that would study blood samples of mice aboard the space station to see if space travel could help unlock a longer lifespan for humans.
The Genes in Space program was created by Boeing and miniPCR bio to get the next generation of scientists interested and involved in studying genetics and space travel at an earlier age.
The finalists for the prize will be announced on Monday, May 22 and organizers will name the winner over the summer.
More than 820 students submitted proposals to the program, organizers said.
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