Undergrad Proposal Deadline Nears for NASA Reduced Gravity Flights

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HOUSTON -- 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 0 g to 2 g.

"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

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.

For more information about the Reduced Gravity Education Flight
Program or to submit a proposal, contact the program at
jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.gov, or visit:


For more information about NASA's Education programs, visit:


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