2021 Out Astronaut Phase-1 Contest Finalists

Please Help Us Select a 2021 Phase One ‘Out Astronaut’ Contest Finalist!

It is important that our contestant’s stories are shared broadly in order to provide positive representation to our next LGBTQ-identified STEM professionals, so we ask your help in evaluating and sharing their stories! Your inputs will help our technical assessment process. We ask you objectively consider the following topics when voting for a candidate:

 

  1. The impact and the novelty of the candidate’s proposed scientific experiment.
  2. The candidate’s ability to inspire and empower LGBTQ-identified people
  3. The feasibility and impact of the candidate’s social impact plan
  4. The feasibility of a successful outcome of the candidate’s proposed scientific experiment.

 

We want to know what submission you feel contributes the most to LGBTQ representation in STEM and space exploration!

 

Voting will be active from 0800 ET on 23 February to 2359 on 22 March, 2021.

Total votes for the Contest "2021 Out Astronaut Contest - Phase One" : 2009

Since I began my career in astrophysics at Columbia, I was interested in the discovery of dark matter. I worked with the GAPS (General Antiparticle Spectrometer) team, and helped to fabricate their Silicon Lithium detectors. The GAPS experiment aimed to

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An experiment I would be interested in conducting on an aircraft would be to test the growth rate and survival of bacteria at various levels of altitude, such as ground level, 5,000 feet, 10,000 feet, 20,000 feet, 30,000 feet, and

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The purpose of this experiment is to determine whether there is a significant difference in the liquid behavior inside 3D printed tanks compared to more traditional metal tanks. NASA will soon be flying a mission to demonstrate that water electrolysis

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Electromagnetic fields created by ions in the stratosphere interfere with radio transmissions by changing local air densities. This can cause communication issues for airplanes, especially high-altitude military aircraft. I propose sending a high-altitude balloon to the stratosphere to quantify the
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Nausea is a common experience during parabolic flights and space travel. While pharmaceuticals can alleviate nausea, medications may have unwanted side effects, and long-duration missions may impose storage limits restricting drug availability. Preventative interventions may be a suitable alternative. I

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With the increasing diversity of stem fields comes with a relatively simple problem to explain but difficult to solve. Everybody is sized differently. With this in mind, my project idea is modifying space suits to allow for increased ease of

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Traveling in space presents obstacles in obtaining food and keeping food fresh. Before we can get down to the science of growing our own food, we first need to find out if fruits or vegetables would stay fresh long enough

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I am studying unmanned systems, specializing in space systems, at Embry-Riddle AU WW, Seymour Johnson AFB campus. It is a non-engineering degree, and being in a rural area does not afford me the opportunity to conduct research outside of academic

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The Overview Effect is a phenomenon experienced by some astronauts upon gazing down at Earth from space. The perspective shift is generally regarded as a positive change in worldview. Little experimental data has been collected on the experience; our assumptions

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Objective: To Explore the behavior of Fluids inside of Rotating Bodies in Zero-G Environments.

Methods: Researcher will create and manufacture a system with an acrylic box that will be rotated at varying angular velocities in at least two axes to

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Climate change is an increasingly prevalent social, ethical, and scientific issue that threatens ecosystems, biodiversity, and entire continents. Current concentrations of greenhouse gases, specifically CO2, are at a record high of 413 parts per million as recorded by the NOAA’s

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