Physics students at Carthage have the opportunity to conduct significant research for NASA and have flown aboard NASA’s microgravity aircraft every year since 2008. The plane flies a series of rollercoaster-like dips and climbs over the Gulf of Mexico, simulating zero gravity, lunar gravity and Martian gravity.
Carthage’s Microgravity Team competes every year for a spot in NASA’s Systems Engineering Educational Discovery program. SEED pairs a NASA researcher with student-faculty teams to design and build experiments in support of NASA’s technology development challenges.
The Carthage Microgravity Team has been selected for SEED every year since the program’s inception in 2008, joining nine to 15 other colleges at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Carthage is one of two schools in the country selected for the program all six years.