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Aspiring Explores Gets Chance to Experiment with NASA

nasaNASA is giving undergraduate students an opportunity to test an experiment in weightless science as part of the its Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program.

The program offers 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 microgravity aircraft. The specially modified jet aircraft flies approximately 30 roller-coaster-like climbs and dips to produce periods of micro and hyper-gravity, ranging from weightlessness to three times the force of Earth’s gravity.

“This project gives students a head start in preparing for future ventures by allowing them to do hands-on research and engineering in a truly reduced gravity laboratory,” Program Manager Douglas Goforth said.

Proposals are due by Oct. 27, and interested teams should submit a letter of intent by Sept. 22. All applicants must be U.S. citizens. Full-time students must be at least 18 years old.

NASA will announce the selected participants Dec. 8, but the actual flights won’t take place until summer 2011.

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