Contest Can Encourage their Interest in Space.
ZG Aerospace, a company dedicated to making space exploration available for all, is offering students in grades K-12 the opportunity to send a school science project into space. Entries for the ‘Space Project Contest’ must be received by June 15, 2006.
The top 3 entrants will have their project flown into space when the first-ever commercial rocket is launched at the new Southwest Regional Spaceport in New Mexico, which is targeted for July. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We hope to provide a unique educational experience for science classrooms across America,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Tom Gonser, ZG Aerospace co-founder, Ã¢â‚¬Å“and will be looking for entries with a good story and scientific creativity.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The student projects will be flown aboard the ZGS-1 along with a variety of already registered personal consumer items, including business cards, photographs, wedding rings and even ashes.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We hope that providing access to space for kids onboard our flights will encourage their interest in space exploration and the future development of space travel,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Gonser. Ã¢â‚¬Å“With this launch, the growth of space tourism and commercial access to space becomes mainstream.Ã¢â‚¬Â
All project entries must be received by June 15, 2006 and meet Ã¢â‚¬ËœMission Parameters,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ as outlined at www.zgspace.com/MainSite/K12_contest.htm. Some example projects include testing for cosmic radiation, effects of g-forces on objects, and many others. Once back from space, projects will be returned to the school with a Certified Space Seal to authenticate space travel, and be entered in the International Space Registry.
The ZGS-1 will blast into space on a high performance sub-orbital rocket developed by UP Aerospace, Inc. (www.upaerospace.com), the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only private company with a fleet of space-flying rockets. The rocket will reach space in 90 seconds, and will remain weightless for several minutes. The ZGS-1 payload will be recovered on the White Sands Missile Range.