NASA invites High Point University students to test device

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Five High Point University students have some high-flying dreams.

How high? Try outer space.

The students have designed a tool that space-walking astronauts might one day use to take samples of asteroids. NASA has invited the High Point students to test their device in a simulated zero-gravity environment in Texas this summer.

The HPU team is in good company. Teams from Duke, Purdue and Yale are among the 19 groups of undergraduates picked by NASA for the next stage of its Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams challenge — Micro-g NExT, for short. (Micro-g, by the way, is short for microgravity — that is, virtual weightlessness.)

“It’s actually really exciting,” said Hallie Stidham, a junior math and physics major and the leader of the HPU team. “We knew going in we’d be up against a lot of big engineering schools with a lot of students to choose from.”

Read more: Greensboro News & Record

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