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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3, 2000
SD TECH TEAM PARTICIPATES IN NASA REDUCED GRAVITY STUDENT FLIGHT OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM
An eight- member team from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will depart Sunday, March 5 for Houston, Texas where they will be participating in the NASA Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunity Program. The Tech team will be the first students from South Dakota to participate in the two- week program at Johnson Space Center where they will conduct a scientific experiment in the virtual absence of gravity on board a KC- 135A aircraft.
The first week the students’ time will be occupied with training and preparation for flight day. They will not find out until they arrive at JSC when their flight days will be the following week. To access photos updated daily or to send the students questions, visit the South Dakota Space Grant Website at: http:// www. sdsmt. edu/ space/ KC- 135ALinks. htm.
There will be two days appointed the second week which will be the team’s flight days on the KC- 135A aircraft. After the flight, video taken in- flight including an interview of a team member might possibly be available through the NASA channel. When this information is given to Kari Larese, journalist traveling with the team, she will advise the Rapid City media of its availability. Upon return, video will be provided to each news station of the flight activities.
For questions during the team’s trip to JSC, you can contact Ms. Larese via email at kari. larese@ sdsmt. edu, leave a message on her office phone at 394- 6082, or at her hotel, the Surburban Lodge, at ( 281) 554- 9552. Please advise Ms. Larese prior to her departure for Texas if you would like to schedule a telephone interview with the students during the two- weeks.
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