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

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