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University Students to Evaluate Designs in NASA's Astronaut Training Pool

Press Release From: Johnson Space Center
Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thirty-one student teams from across the country will test their designs in simulated microgravity this year as part of NASA's Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT) activity. Test sessions will be May 22-27 and June 5-10.

Micro-g NExT challenges undergraduate research students to design, build and test a tool that addresses an authentic, current space exploration challenge. Students spent months designing and building their unique spacewalk tools, and will travel to Houston to put their prototypes to the test in NASA Johnson Space Center's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) -- a 6.2-million-gallon indoor pool used to simulate microgravity for NASA astronaut spacewalk training.

Media are invited to interact with students from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, and Friday, May 26. Media will not be permitted to submerse cameras, but NASA video of the underwater views during testing will be available.

Media who wish to attend must contact William Jeffs at 281-483-5111 or william.p.jeffs@nasa.gov by 5 p.m. Thursday, May 18. Media must arrive at the front desk at the NBL no later than 7:30 a.m. for the Tuesday and Friday testing.

Media opportunities for the June test week will be Tuesday, June 6, and Friday, June 9.

The Micro-g NExT experience includes hands-on engineering design, test operations and educational/public outreach. Professional divers will test the spacewalk tools as students direct them from the Test Conductor Room overlooking the NBL pool.

Schools participating during the May 22-27 test week are:

University of Alabama Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Boise State University in Boise, Idaho
Coastal Bend Community College in Beeville, Texas
Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Kapi'olani Community College in Honolulu
University of Nebraska Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska
Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York
Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana
Salt Lake City/University of Utah in Salt Lake City
University of California Los Angeles in Los Angeles
University of Texas El Paso in El Paso, Texas
Schools participating during the June 5-10 test week are:

Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona
Art Institute of Seattle in Seattle
Columbia University in New York
Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona
Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia
Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York
State University of New York Buffalo in Buffalo, New York
Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas
University of Alaska Anchorage in Anchorage, Alaska
University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign in Champaign, Illinois
University of Maryland College Park in College Park, Maryland
University of Texas Dallas in Dallas
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Mercedes, Texas
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia
Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston
Stay up-to-date on social media using the hashtag #MicrogNExT.

Dive deep into the Micro-g NExT program at:

https://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/

Learn more about NASA's education programs at:

https://www.nasa.gov/education

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