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ERIC Number: EJ916645
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1062-9351
Students Head over Heels over NASA Challenge
Evans, Eric; Artusio-Glimpse, Aly; Zaczesk, Bryan; Dawson, Ross
Tech Directions, v70 n4 p15-17 Nov 2010
In November 2008, a mass email sent by the department chairman arrived in the inboxes of the imaging and photographic technology students at the Rochester Institute of Technology. A great opportunity was in store for four lucky students. The department had received a request for proposals (RFP) sent by NASA to colleges around the United States inviting them to organize teams of students who would prepare a project proposal for flying an experiment on a special plane that can achieve microgravity conditions. The plane flies a series of choreographed maneuvers known as parabolas to achieve brief periods of microgravity. During flight, its passengers experience around 30 "steep hill climbs and freefalls," achieving near weightlessness for periods of 25 seconds at a time. A DC-9 based in Houston, Texas, the plane is known as the NASA "Weightless Wonder," aka the (in)famous "Vomit Comet." This article describes how four Rochester Institute of Technology students design an experiment for a NASA challenge and test it in a zero-gravity environment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York