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NASA Gives Drury Physics Rare Opportunity to Feel Reduced Gravity

A lot of eyes were on the Space Shuttle Atlantis Friday for its final blast off but some local students have something else to look forward to.  KSMU’s Scott Butler has details.

NASA has selected 14 teams nationwide to join their Grant Us Space Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program.  Drury University Physics Department is one of them. 

According to a press release from the university, students will be given the opportunity to conduct an experiment while flying aboard NASA’s Weightless Wonder aircraft. During this experiment, the plane will simulate 25-second windows of weightlessness while plummeting over the Gulf of Mexico between 25,000 and 35,000 feet of altitude

The team of six departed for Houston on July 6 and will take flight on July 14 and 15.

For KSMU News, I’m Scott Butler.