Daily Archives: August 28, 2009

Microgravity University Applications Open– Letter of Intent Due Sept 16, 2009

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. 28, 2009.

Interested students also should submit a letter of intent by Sept. 16, 2009. 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. 9, 2009. Selected teams will fly in the summer of 2010. 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 students, U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov

NASA Accepting Applications for Aeronautics Scholarship Awards – Applications Open Sept 1, 2009

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate will begin accepting scholarship applications on Sept. 1, 2009, for the 2010 academic year. The application deadline is Jan. 11, 2010.

“These scholarships are a fantastic way to support our brightest students and encourage them to finish their education, expose them to NASA’s research programs and inspire them to pursue a career in aeronautics,” said Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

NASA expects to award 20 undergraduate and five graduate scholarships to students in aeronautics or related fields. Undergraduate students entering their second year of study will receive up to $15,000 per year for two years and the opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend by interning at a NASA research center during the summer. Graduate students will receive up to $35,000 per annually for up to three years, with an opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend interning at a NASA research center up to two consecutive summers.

Students who have not committed to a specific academic institution or program still may apply. However, if accepted, they must be admitted by fall 2010 into a suitable aeronautical engineering program or related field of study at an accredited U.S. university. All applicants must be U.S. citizens. Scholarship money may be used for tuition and other school-related expenses.

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate conducts cutting-edge, fundamental research in traditional and emerging disciplines. The intent is to help transform the nation’s air transportation system and to support development of future air and space vehicles. Goals include improving airspace capacity and flexibility; aviation safety and aircraft performance; reducing overall noise, engine emissions and fuel usage.

For details about this scholarship program, including how to apply, visit: http://asee.org/nasaasp

FAA Design Competition for Universities – Deadline April 16, 2010

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is again sponsoring a national FAA Design Competition for Universities that engages undergraduate and graduate students at U.S. colleges in addressing issues relating to airports for the 2009 – 2010 academic year. This competition opens on August 28, 2009 and closes on April 16, 2010.

Students can address technical challenges regarding the safety, capacity and efficiency of the nation’s airports, offer innovative solutions, and win cash for outstanding proposals. The FAA hopes that the Competition challenges will provide a meaningful educational experience for individual students or students working in teams either as part of a class assignment, independent study or a project undertaken by a student professional society. Challenges are interdisciplinary in nature, encouraging participation from many engineering, technology and science disciplines. The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is managing the program for the FAA.

For more information about the competition and the application process, please visit the contest website at

Space Shuttle Discovery Launch Scheduled for 11:59pm EST on August 28.

The next attempt to launch the Space Shuttle Discovery will be at 11:59 pm EST tonight, Friday August 28, 2009. The previous attempt was aborted due to valve problems discovered during shuttle prep on Tuesday. The current mission, STS-128, will resupply the International Space Station, deliver the COLBERT treadmill, and drop off new crew member Nicole Stott.

For more information about STS-128, visit the NASA shuttle website at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html

To watch the shuttle launch lice online, visit the NASA TV website at http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

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Solar System Educators Program Accepting Applications – Deadline Sept 15, 2009

NASA’s Solar System Educators Program, a nationwide network of highly motivated teachers, is accepting applications from interested teachers.

Applicants need to have at least five years of in-class teaching experience. Teachers should also have experience leading workshops and be familiar with their state standards. Selected teachers will be trained on the use of NASA educational products. Accepted applicants will conduct and report three space and/or Earth sciences workshops per year for other teachers in their home states.

Teachers from the following states are especially encouraged to apply: Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Tennessee.

To receive an application form, contact Kay Ferrari, SSEP Coordinator, by e-mail at: ssep@jpl.nasa.gov .

All application packages should be completed and returned by Sept. 15, 2009. However, the deadline may be extended for candidates in the states listed above.

For more information about the program, visit http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/ssep/index.cfm

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