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Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams

Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT) challenges undergraduate students to design, build, and test a tool or device that addresses an authentic, current space exploration challenge. The overall experience includes hands-on engineering design, test operations, and public outreach. Test operations are conducted in the simulated microgravity environment of the NASA Johnson Space Center Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL). Teams will propose design and prototyping of a tool or simulant identified by NASA engineers as necessary in space exploration missions. Professional NBL divers will test the tools and students will direct the divers from the Test Conductor Room of the NBL facility. Micro-g NExT provides a unique opportunity to contribute to NASA’s missions. The 2024 Micro-g NExT challenges focus on Orion crew safety and lunar extravehicular activities (EVA) operations during the Artemis missions.

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event dates

June 2-5, 2024

event location

Johnson Space Center


Open to U.S. Students

grade levels

Colleges and Universities

Micro-g NExT Eligibility

Participant Criteria

Take a look at the eligibility requirements to see if your team can participate.

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2024 Selected Teams

Congratulations 2024 Teams! University of Wyoming, University of Illinois, University of Tulsa, Clemson, Columbia University, The University of Texas,  The University of Tennessee, Embry-Riddle, University of Houston Clear Like, Virginia Tech, Grand Valley State University, Boise Sate University.

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Authentic, hands-on learning experiences give students in middle school all the way through graduate school a chance to flex their design and engineering skills as they build and launch high-powered rockets, design robots capable of mining the Moon’s surface or traversing difficult lunar terrain, create human-powered rovers, and test technologies and tools to assist future astronauts working on the Moon.

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