Down to earth microgravity experiments: A study to determine the benefits of classroom-based drop experiments

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Classroom-based drop experiments possess the capability of demonstrating the usefulness of microgravity research to a large audience. Being conceptually simple and cost effective they are ideal for high school and undergraduate education levels. In order to determine the effectiveness of drop experiments, the following three systems were studied: A postage scale, a candle, and a plasma sphere. The results of the latter were confirmed over a larger time scale aboard the KC-135 aircraft. It was determined that drop experiments are simple and provided meaningful data. © 2001 by John A.

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40th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit

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