COC college students chosen to take part in a NASA sponsored mission
The Faculty of the Canyons aerospace and science group has introduced a brand new 24-member group to take part in NASA’s Excessive Altitude Scholar Platform, or HASP, program.
The COC AST group plans to construct a compact scintillator – a software that converts high-energy radiation into seen gentle – and place it on a high-altitude balloon that may take it to an altitude of 100,000 toes for 14 hours.
“Our purpose is to gather information on the frequency of antimatter collisions within the higher stratosphere,” mentioned Sean Tomer, NASA HASP mission chief for 2021, in an announcement launched Thursday by COC. “This could give us a greater understanding of the composition and origin of the universe.”
Since 2015, the COC has carried out 4 high-altitude balloon missions aboard NASA’s HASP system: two to gather interplanetary mud particles and two to neutralize dangerous acids within the higher stratosphere.
“It is very thrilling to have been chosen as soon as once more for this prestigious program,” mentioned Teresa Ciardi, professor of bodily sciences on the school. “The group has labored very exhausting regardless of the challenges posed by COVID-19 and it has clearly paid off.”
The group, co-led by Ciardi and Greg Poteat, mentioned they are going to spend the rest of the spring 2021 semester constructing and testing their HASP expertise.
The mission is then slated to be vacuum and thermal examined at NASA’s Columbia Science Balloon Facility in Texas over the summer season and can then launch on September 6 from the NASA website in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.
“I’m extraordinarily pleased with this group, which has come collectively regardless of the challenges posed by this pandemic,” mentioned Tomer. “I believe it is as a result of all of us share this ardour for scientific discovery. Plus, Teresa and Gregory have all impressed us a lot and offered unbelievable help each step of the way in which. We sit up for a profitable launch and information assortment.
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