An Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket is seen as it launches from Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Thursday, January 9, 2014, Wallops Island, VA.

FREDERICK, Md. -- The Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research is taking its science to new heights – with an experiment rocketing into orbit around the Earth. 

The aim is to grow protein crystals in the weightlessness of space where, beyond the full influence of Earth’s gravity, they might proliferate more easily and become larger and more perfect than those cultivated on the Earth’s surface. The launch is scheduled for this fall.

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