NASA sending student experiments above Earth

4:41 PM, Oct 27, 2011   |    comments
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NASA is giving college students an opportunity to test their experiments in space in a partnership with the Louisiana Space Consortium.

Experiments from students will be loaded onto the LaSPACE-maintained High Altitude Student Platform (HASP) facility. HASP is a balloon-borne instrument stack that provides near-space flight opportunities for student-built instruments.

NASA says HASP - and the experiments it's carrying - will be sent to a height of about 36 kilometers above Earth for 15-20 hour flights.

Not only does HASP house the instruments, but provides power and other mechanical support.

Applications are being accepted now through December 16, 2011. The HASP is expected to be launched next fall.

For application materials, teleconference schedule and additional HASP details, visit www.laspace.lsu.edu/hasp.

For information about NASA's scientific balloon program, visit
www.sites.wff.nasa.gov/code820/.

For information about NASA's education programs, visit
www.nasa.gov/education.

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