Six Rowan students feel need for speed

Six Rowan students feel need for speed

GLASSBORO -- Six Rowan University engineering students will take a ride on the "Vomit Comet" in July as a part of NASA's Zero Gravity Program.

Named for the plane's reputation, the KC-135A is a plane that takes roller coaster-like climbs and descents to mimic zero gravity.

The students, under the guidance of professor Dr. Anthony Marchese, include Jennifer Akers of Newtonville, Rabon Jones of Deptford, Desiree D'Orazio of Sewell, Matt Hammill of Mt. Laurel, Tom Smith of Cinnaminson and Mike Melniczuk of Cedarville.

The group is one of 54 teams throughout the country participating in the highly competitive program. The students will carry out scientific experiments in the virtual absence of gravity on the aircraft near NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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Date Published: Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:15