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NASA, Universities Partner to Fly Student Experiments Aboard High-Altitude 'Research Lab' in Early May
05.11.05
 
Steve Roy
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)
Photo release: 05-067


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A NASA high-altitude research balloon like this one will soon send aloft research experiments developed by students at four American universities. NASA is partnering with the schools -- Pennsylvania State University in State College, Montana State University in Bozeman, the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Auburn University in Auburn, Ala. -- to conduct an engineering test flight of its new "Deep Space Test Bed" science gondola, a facility designed to study cosmic radiation over Earth's poles. The students will conduct real-time, atmospheric research during the test flight, to be held at Fort Sumner, N.M., in mid-May. Their work will enable NASA researchers to test the gondola's design and power systems. The gondola is a joint effort by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and was prepared for flight at the Huntsville-based National Space Science and Technology Center. The balloon is managed by NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. The Deep Space Test Bed research effort, part of Marshall’s Space Radiation Shielding project, is managed by the Marshall Center’s Exploration Science and Technology Division on behalf of NASA's Human Systems Research and Technology Office in Washington. (NASA/JPL)

A student research team from Pennsylvania State University prepare their flight experiment for loading aboard NASA's 'Deep Space Test Bed' science gondola. + Large (2000 x 1312, 300 ppi)
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Michael Barucco, left, Xiaoqiang Liao and Jon Cumblad, part of a student research team from Pennsylvania State University in State College, prepare their flight experiment for loading aboard NASA's new "Deep Space Test Bed" science gondola. The gondola, a facility designed to study cosmic radiation over Earth's poles, will be lifted by NASA balloon nearly 23 miles into the sky this month above Fort Sumner, N.M., for an engineering test. Penn State, Montana State University in Bozeman, the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., are helping NASA test the gondola's design and power systems while they conduct real-time, atmospheric research of their own. The gondola is a joint effort by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and was prepared for flight at the Huntsville-based National Space Science and Technology Center. The balloon is managed by NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. The Deep Space Test Bed research effort, part of Marshall’s Space Radiation Shielding project, is managed by the Marshall Center’s Exploration Science and Technology Division on behalf of NASA's Human Systems Research and Technology Office in Washington. (NASA/MSFC)

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