Five former physics students of Paul Natland '02 gathered this summer to work on a science experiment that will travel to the edge of space on suborbital spacecraft sponsored by NASA. Arjun Badwal '23, Dadly Leon '23, Theodore Ma '23, Sofia Paraoulaki de Miranda '23 and Adrian Stone Perez '23 have several weeks to finish building the experiment, one of 57 from around the nation selected last winter for a rocket ride in the NASA TechRise Student Challenge.
Last year, Natland encouraged students in his AP Physics classes to devise and submit experiment proposals to the inaugural challenge, prompting the students' proposal for a study of capillary action – the movement of liquids in narrow spaces – in a microgravity environment. Since the selection of their project last January, the students have met virtually with NASA engineers on multiple occasions.
They also gathered this summer to build the experiment, which must fit in a small flight box provided by NASA, and write programs to illuminate and record the experiment while in flight.
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