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PoSSUM 13 Takes The Next Generation to The Skies

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Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) and the new education outreach program "PoSSUM 13" are pleased to announce an (almost) out of the world opportunity for students! The PoSSUM 13 International Microgravity Flight Challenge is a competition that invites female led student teams worldwide to propose a science experiment to be performed in microgravity this October during Project PoSSUM's annual microgravity research campaign with the National Research Council of Canada.

PoSSUM 13 is soliciting student teams to propose a task or experiment for Project PoSSUM's Scientist-Astronauts to carry out during our next microgravity flight campaign in October 2019. In an effort to celebrate and promote the achievements of women in space science, three teams will be selected to fully design and build their experiment and receive mentoring from PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Candidates regarding pre-flight, in-flight, and post-flight procedures.


  • Current students, 13-17 years of age. This includes students enrolled in charter schools, correspondence courses, or non-traditional institutions such as home school, robotic clubs, or community-led organizations.
  • Teams of up to four students may apply, so long as the team lead is a female or female-identifying student.
  • Physical payload submissions will be accepted from North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Teams representing other countries may submit proposals for simple human factor experiments to be performed by scientist-astronaut candidates on-board the Falcon-20. Export Administration Restrictions (EAR) Department of State restrictions apply.
  • Teams require at least one adult mentor. Your mentor can be a parent, teacher, community leader, or a scientist.

The competition will remain open until April 25, 2019.

For more information and full details on how to apply, please visit the PoSSUM 13 competition website.

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