The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) is launching the UAE Zero Gravity to offer a unique scientific opportunity to 20 students studying in UAE schools and universities. They will get the chance to conduct scientific experiments aboard a Boeing 727. Students with a passion for space exploration only will be selected after they participate in the competition and answer three simple questions.
The winners will be flown to the United States of America where they will experience Lunar, Martian and zero gravity. This is an exceptional opportunity to experience microgravity like astronauts do on the International Space Station (ISS). The UAE Zero Gravity will be on the 4th October 2018.
This experience is in line with the centre’s objectives to promote the space sector in the UAE, motivate young generations to take interest in science, and support scientific progress as well as exploration and research projects.
Winners will be selected to take part in a Parabolic Flight, which simulates zero gravity conditions through a series of manoeuvres (called parabola) that achieve weightlessness for passengers. During each parabola you experience up to 22 seconds of weightlessness. Parabolic flights are used to prepare astronauts for their missions in advance of making the trip to space for the first time.
It’s the same flight that Stephen Hawking took to experience weightlessness
Your answers should reflect the passion you have for space exploration. Relevant and unique ideas and stories are more likely to get selected! You can either apply in written format or send us a video of you answering these questions:
Explain to us why you are interested in space, what winning would mean to you, and where your own passion for space exploration stems from.
Remember a parabola only gives you 22 seconds of zero gravity per manoeuvre, so make sure your experiment can be implemented within that time window.
Talk about why are you interested in experiencing zero gravity. Think about how it would feel to be floating in space!