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July 8, 1994 (Phone: 202/358-1547) Keith Kohler Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va. (Phone: 804/824-1579) RELEASE: 94-113 NASA Selects Participants for Student Launch Program NASA has selected two Space Grant Consortiums and two universities to participate in the Student Launch Program. This program will provide undergraduate students hands-on education with the opportunity to fly space and Earth science experiments on suborbital sounding rockets and scientific balloons. The purpose of the program is to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of suborbital missions including planning, management, design, fabrication, payload testing, qualification, and field operations associated with experiments for spaceflight. The program provides students with the opportunity to participate actively in carrying out spaceflight experiments, increasing their awareness of the complex nature of such activities and stimulating continued interest in pursuing careers in engineering and science. The program emphasizes participation by underrepresented student groups, including persons with disabilities. The participants and their proposed projects are: Virginia Space Grant Consortium

Hampton University, Old Dominion University and the College of William and Mary will work together on the Virginia Student Upper-Atmospheric Balloon Payload System. A 200,000 cubic feet (5,664 cubic meter) balloon will carry the Virginia payload to gather scientific data on atmospheric temperature and velocity fluctuation levels and data on atmospheric constituent gases.

- more -2Colorado Space Grant Consortium The consortium will fly an experiment called "Hands-On Education and Research of Ozone (HERO)" on a single-stage Orion sounding rocket. The experiment is designed to accurately measure the total atmospheric ozone over the rocket range; aid in the calibration of ozone satellites; and flight demonstrate advanced techniques for measuring total ozone on future satellites. Universities participating in the project include the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Southern Colorado, Fort Lewis College, Colorado State University, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Mesa State College and the U.S. Air Force Academy. University of Pennsylvania The University of Pennsylvania, with Lincoln University and Gettysburg College, will develop and fly a system for imaging star fields and detecting Cerenkov radiation generated by cosmic rays and pair-producing gamma rays in the upper atmosphere. This system also will fly on a 200,000 cubic feet balloon. This project is supported in part by the Delaware Space Grant Consortium. University of Cincinnati The university will fly its experiment on a two-stage Nike-Orion sounding rocket. The launch will carry an ultraviolet spectrometer to investigate absorption of solar energy by ozone, oxygen, and atomic oxygen in the lower thermosphere and mesosphere. The science objective is to determine the

concentration of these gases from the spectroscopic measurements. Through the Goddard Space Flight Center's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va., NASA will provide the rockets and balloons, launch services, technical consultation and guidance. The participating institutions are responsible for funding the payload hardware and related activities such as fabrication, testing and travel. In addition, the universities will receive technical assistance from industry and other NASA centers. The suborbital program offers students an opportunity to see projects through from inception to launch in a relatively short time. The flights are planned to be launched from the Wallops Flight Facility in 1995 and 1996. The Student Launch Program is sponsored by the Office of Space Science, the Office of Human Resources and Education, and the Office of Equal Opportunity at NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. - end -