Student experiments to fly aboard future NASA flights
Posted: March 14, 2004

NASA has selected students from six high schools around the country to prepare and fly their experiments on future NASA space flights.

"By participating in the NASA Student Involvement Program, these students will get hands-on experience in science and engineering fields," said Lynn Marra, NASA Student Involvement Program (NSIP) Manager. "This flight program will give the students an exciting experience participating in the nation's exploration efforts," she added.

During the next four months students and their teachers will work with engineers and technicians from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va., to prepare their experiments for flight. The student experiments will be flown on a NASA suborbital sounding rocket in June or on a future Space Shuttle flight, following the program's Return to Flight.

Eight teams from the six schools were competitively selected to participate in the national program. Four of the NSIP teams will participate in the sounding rocket program and four will participate in the Space Shuttle program. Each team will spend one week in June at Wallops.

The students with sounding rocket experiments will spend their week participating in the final preparations of the experiments and launch reviews, receive instruction in rocketry, view the launch of the rocket, and begin analysis of their data.

The student teams with Space Shuttle experiments will participate in the final preparations and testing of the experiments, tour the Wallops operations, and give technical presentations on their experiments. These experiments will be placed in a Space Experiment Module for flight in the Space Shuttle cargo bay.

The winning entrees in the NSIP flight opportunities competition are:

Sounding rocket experiments:

  • Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook, Ill.
  • Columbus High School, Columbus, Ga.
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice High School, Sauk Rapids, Minn.
  • Delta Cyber School, Delta Junction, Alaska

Space Shuttle experiments:

  • Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook, Ill.
  • Agoura High School, Agoura Hills, Calif.
  • Columbus High School, Columbus, Ga.
  • Cambridge Ridge and Latin High School, Cambridge, Mass.

Soviet Space
For the first time ever available in the West. Rocket & Space Corporation Energia: a complete pictorial history of the Soviet/Russian Space Program from 1946 to the present day all in full color. Available from our store.
 Choose your store:
U.S. - U.K. - E.U. - Worldwide

Viking patch
This embroidered mission patch celebrates NASA's Viking Project which reached the Red Planet in 1976.
 Choose your store:
U.S. - U.K. - E.U. - Worldwide

Apollo 7 DVD
For 11 days the crew of Apollo 7 fought colds while they put the Apollo spacecraft through a workout, establishing confidence in the machine what would lead directly to the bold decision to send Apollo 8 to the moon just 2 months later.
 Choose your store:
U.S. - U.K. - E.U. - Worldwide

Gemini 12
Gemini 12: The NASA Mission Reports covers the voyage of James Lovell and Buzz Aldrin that capped the Gemini program's efforts to prove the technologies and techniques that would be needed for the Apollo Moon landings. Includes CD-ROM.
 Choose your store:
U.S. - U.K. - E.U. - Worldwide

Get e-mail updates
Sign up for our NewsAlert service and have the latest news in astronomy and space e-mailed direct to your desktop (privacy note: your e-mail address will not be used for any other purpose).
Enter your e-mail address:



© 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.