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2013 NASA's Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program

Status Report From: NASA Education Office
Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012

image NASA is offering undergraduate students an opportunity to test experiments in microgravity aboard NASA's reduced gravity aircraft.

The opportunity is part of NASA's Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, which gives aspiring explorers a chance to propose, design and fabricate a reduced-gravity experiment. Selected teams will test and evaluate their experiment aboard NASA's reduced-gravity airplane. The aircraft flies about 30 roller-coaster-like climbs and dips during experiment flights to produce periods of weightlessness and hypergravity ranging from 0 g to 2 g.

Proposals are due Oct. 24, 2012.

Interested students also should submit a letter of intent by Sept. 12, 2012. This step is optional but serves as an introductory notice that a team plans to submit a proposal for the upcoming competition.

NASA will announce selected teams Dec. 5, 2012. The teams will fly in the summer of 2013. Once selected, teams also may invite a full-time, accredited journalist to fly with them and document the team's experiment and experiences. All applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old.

For more information about the opportunity and instructions for submitting a proposal, visit http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.gov.

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