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2011 NASA Academy

By Keith Cowing
April 8, 2013
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The NASA Academies offer a ten-week summer experience for college students with emphasis on immersive and integrated multi-disciplinary exposure and training. Activities include laboratory research, a group project, lectures, meetings with experts and administrators, visits to NASA centers and space-related industries, and technical presentations. Students learn how NASA and its centers operate, gain experience in world-class laboratories, and participate in leadership development and team-building activities.
The existing NASA Academies include:

— NASA Space Academy at Ames Research Center, Glenn Research Center, Goddard Space Flight Center and Marshall Space Flight Center, with emphasis on Space Exploration.
— NASA Lunar and Planetary Science Academy at Goddard Space Flight Center, with focus on lunar and planetary science mission design and operation, among others.
— NASA Propulsion Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center, for those with interest in Propulsion careers.
— NASA Robotics Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center, with an emphasis on Robotics.

New for the upcoming 2011 summer opportunity will be the NASA Aeronautics Academy at Glenn Research Center and Langley Research Center. The Aeronautics Academy will provide unique and valuable learning experiences for the next generation of leaders in Aeronautics, including project management and systems integration. U.S. citizens with majors in aeronautical or aerospace engineering, or related engineering and science disciplines are eligible to apply.

To be eligible to apply to any of the NASA Academies, students must be rising juniors or seniors at the undergraduate level or be at the early graduate level in an accredited U.S. college or university. Applications are due Jan. 18, 2011.

For more information and to apply online, visit

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