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Your chance to perform microgravity or hypergravity experiments

22/01/2014 2438 views 8 likes
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Are you a university student who dreams of using a world-class gravitational facility for experiments? If yes then ESA’s Education Office wants to hear from you. All you have to decide is whether you want to go heavy or light. In other words: hypergravity or microgravity?

The deadline for both Spin Your Thesis! and Drop Your Thesis! 2014 programmes has been extended to 3 March 2014 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 5 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 (LDC) that allows samples to be exposed to acceleration forces of 1-20 times Earth’s gravity.

ZARM Drop Tower in Bremen
ZARM Drop Tower in Bremen

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

Students will be given the excellent opportunity of using these unique facilities and working with engineers from ZARM and/or ESA, who will help them set-up experiments and get the most out of their allotted time.

If you want to learn more about these two programmes, and have a look at what their respective campaigns look like, visit:

Teams from ESA Member States and Cooperating States* that are interested in participating in one of these two unique opportunities, are encouraged to register on the ESA Education Office's project portal and upload their completed application by 3 March 2014.

The conditions to apply and the eligibility criteria for both programmes can be found on the ESA Education website.

Notes for editors

For more information, please contact:
Natacha Callens
ESA Educational Programmes Coordinator
Email: spinyourthesis @ or dropyourthesis @

* ESA Member States in 2014
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Canada (Associate Member).
European Cooperating States
Estonia, Hungary, Slovenia, Latvia
Cooperating States
Cyprus, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia

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