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NASA Selects Student Experiments to Fly on Sounding Rocket


> March 14, 2006
> Keith Koehler 
> Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia 
> (757) 824-1579 
> Sonja Alexander 
> Headquarters, Washington 
> (202) 358-1761 
> RELEASE: 06-094
> NASA selected 10 student experiments from across the country to fly on 
> a rocket mission June 7 from the Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops 
> Island, Va. 
> During the weeks leading up to the launch, students and their teachers 
> will work with engineers and technicians at Wallops to prepare their 
> experiments for flight. The student experiments will be flown on a 
> NASA Orion suborbital sounding rocket. 
> In its ninth year, this program provides students the unique 
> opportunity to participate in all aspects of a science mission. Five 
> of the experiments will fly in the main body of the rocket's payload 
> section, called the Suborbital Student Experiment Module, while the 
> other five will be placed in the nosecone. 
> Launched early in the morning, the 20-foot rocket is expected to carry 
> the experiments more than 25 miles above the Earth. After descending 
> by parachute and landing in the Atlantic Ocean, the experiments will 
> be recovered and returned to the students later in the day. The 
> students will examine and analyze their experiment data and present 
> their preliminary findings to NASA personnel the following day 
> "The students design the experiment, build the hardware, participate 
> in the launch process, support removing the experiments from the 
> payload after launch and recovery, analyze the data and present their 
> results," said Phil Eberspeaker, chief of the NASA Sounding Rockets 
> Program Office at Wallops. "This will be an experience they remember 
> all their life and hopefully will guide them into science and 
> engineering careers." 
> Wireless communications, magnetic fields, fluids and payload 
> temperatures during flight are the focus of the main payload 
> experiments. Students also will study the effects of the flight 
> environment, such as radiation and high gravitational forces, on a 
> variety of materials placed in the nosecone and the payload section. 
> Approximately 40 students and teachers are expected to attend flight 
> week activities at Wallops, June 5 through 8. While at Wallops they 
> will receive instruction in rocketry and electronics and tour the 
> NASA rocket, scientific balloon and aircraft facilities. 
> The schools and organizations selected: 
> Columbus High School, Columbus, Ga.
> GlenBrook North High School, Northbrook, Ill.
> Parkside High School, Salisbury, Md.
> Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va.
> Harriet Tubman School, Dolton, Ill.
> Key Peninsula Middle School, Lakebay, Wash.
> Wendover High School, Wendover, Utah
> Graham High School, St. Paris, Ohio.
> Cub Scout Pack 151, Salisbury, Md.
> For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit: 
> http://www.nasa.gov/home 
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