Kennedy News

Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

April 15, 2009
RELEASE : 18-09
Local Student Interns At NASA's Kennedy Space Center
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Jacob Gamsky of Crestwood, Ky., is spending almost four months conducting experiments that will assist in NASA's mission to return humans to the moon.

Gamsky, a member of NASA's Undergraduate Student Research Program at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., is working as a physics intern in the applied technology department. His research involves identifying how the soil believed to be located in the moon's permanently shadowed craters may be different than the soil on other areas of the lunar surface. The purpose of the research is to determine how the soil will react under various conditions such as excavation and rocket exhaust.

The program offers students internships in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM, disciplines. It is part of NASA's education strategy to attract and retain students pursuing STEM careers. The internship is designed to provide selected participants the ultimate workforce preparatory experience.

Gamsky is a 2006 graduate of South Oldham High School in Crestwood. He attends Georgetown College, Georgetown, Ky., where he is majoring in physics and is a member of the varsity baseball team. His parents, Art and Teresa Gamsky, reside in Crestwood.

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