Mon, Oct 26, 2009
The deadline is fast-approaching for undergraduate students to
submit their team proposals to NASA's Reduced Gravity Education
Flight Program. Proposals must be received by 11:59 p.m. CDT,
Wednesday, Oct. 28.
NASA's Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program gives aspiring
explorers a chance to propose, design and fabricate a reduced
gravity experiment. Selected teams will get to test and evaluate
their experiment aboard a modified Boeing 727 jetliner provided by
the Zero-Gravity Corporation of Las Vegas. Zero-Gravity Corporation
will conduct the flights in cooperation with the Reduced Gravity
Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The aircraft will fly approximately 30 roller-coaster-like
climbs and dips during experiment flights to produce periods of
weightlessness and hyper-gravity ranging from 0g to 2g.
"Today's students will be conducting tomorrow's space
exploration," said Douglas Goforth, the program manager at Johnson.
"Conducting a hands-on research and engineering project in a truly
reduced gravity laboratory gives students a head start in preparing
for those future ventures."
All applicants must be full-time students, U.S. citizens and at
least 18 years old. NASA will announce selected teams Dec. 9. Teams
will fly in the summer of 2010. Selected teams also may invite a
full-time, accredited journalist to fly with them and document the
team's experiment and experiences.
Through this program, NASA continues its tradition of investing
in the nation's education programs. It is directly tied to the
agency's education goal of strengthening NASA and the nation's
future workforce. Through this and other college and university
programs, NASA will identify and develop the critical science,
technology, engineering and mathematics skills and capabilities
needed to carry out its space exploration mission.
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