Press Release

NASA Selects Student Experiments To Fly Aboard Future Flights

By SpaceRef Editor
February 25, 2004
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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.

For information about NSIP on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nsip.net/index.cfm

For information about other NASA education programs on the
Internet, visit:

http://education.nasa.gov

For information about NASA on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

SpaceRef staff editor.