ESA's Large Diameter Centrifuge at  the ESTEC, Netherlands. Photo: ESA

ESA invites students to experiment

The European Space Agency (ESA) is giving a group of lucky students the chance to use its facilities to undertake hypergravity or microgravity tests.

The deadline for both the Spin Your Thesis! and Drop Your Thesis! 2014 programmes has been extended to 3 March so that as many students as possible have the chance to apply for these opportunities.

The chosen teams for the Spin Your Thesis! programme will spend five days at the ESA’s largest centre, the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, conducting their experiments on the Large Diameter Centrifuge that allows samples to be exposed to acceleration forces of 1-20 times Earth’s gravity.

Students chosen for the Drop Your Thesis! programme will spend two weeks at the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) in Bremen, Germany, which boasts a 146 m high tower that provides experiments with up to 9.3 seconds of microgravity.

Students will be given the opportunity to use these unique facilities and work with engineers who will help them set up experiments and get the most out of their allotted time.

With less than two weeks until deadline, be sure to apply soon for a chance to be considered for this amazing opportunity!

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