Two Bryn Mawr College Geology Department students presented their NASA proposal for a microgravity experiment to the Grade IX Physics students.
Once their proposal is approved, they hope to carry their microgravity equipment onto the famous “Vomit Comet”. This is a special plane that climbs and falls in the upper atmosphere, creating “18 seconds of microgravity.” That’s virtual weightlessness.
The experiment is designed to help measure more accurately the porosity of Martian soil. This accuracy may help in the design of Mars vehicles and in understanding the amount and behavior of water on Mars.