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Microgravity University Program

Welcome to Microgravity University! We are excited to offer experiences enabling undergraduate students and K-12 educators to conduct science and technology experiments and demonstrations in a simulated microgravity environment.

Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT)

The Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams program 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 educational/public outreach. Test operations are conducted in the simulated microgravity environment of the NASA Johnson Space Center Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL).

Microgravity University for Educators (MgUE)

Microgravity University for Educators provides training on microgravity-related concepts, experimental testing using NASA's simulated microgravity test facilities, and post-experience outreach. MgUE begins with the submission of proposals from educators willing to perform experiments on behalf of K-12 students in simulated microgravity environments. Experiments involve student-derived solutions to technical problems or improvements to existing solutions identified by NASA scientists and engineers who use simulated microgravity environments in their work.

Reduced Gravity Flight Education Program (RGEFP)

The Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program is currently unavailable. In the past, this program provided a unique academic experience for undergraduate students and educators to successfully propose, design, fabricate, fly and evaluate a reduced gravity experiment of their choice over the course of four-six months. The overall experience included scientific research, hands-on experimental design, test operations and educational/public outreach activities. We've left this tab available for teams that have participated in the past to access their photos, annual reports and to reminisce. The education office is always looking for other flight opportunities that would include this proven successful model of engineering design and experimentation.

Prior Campaigns

(Archives, Campaign Photographs, Annual Reports)

View past Student Flight Programs and media coverage..