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Season 3 #StudentAstronaut Contest

UPDATE (JUNE 2016): Congratulations to Samuel Borer from the University of Maine for winning Season 3's #StudentAstronaut contest!



Xploration Station is partnering with Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G) to launch a search for America’s most passionate STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) student. The winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Sanford, FL to train like an astronaut, and take a ride on the world-renowned ZERO-G airplane, named G-FORCE ONE®, with Xploration Outer Space host, Emily Calandrelli. The incredible experience of feeling “weightless” (as astronauts do in microgravity) will be featured in a Season 3 episode of Xploration Outer Space.


“ZERO-G is a remarkable company making a real impact on the aerospace community, and we are thrilled to partner with them on our #StudentAstronaut contest this year”, SRP President Steve Rotfeld said, “This is a unique opportunity to engage students in a real world experience that makes science fun and exciting. With the support of great partners like our stations and ZERO-G, we believe that contests like this can inspire the next generation to pursue careers in science.”


How to Enter / Official contest rules

To enter the #StudentAstronaut contest, eligible students will be asked to

“Like” Xploration Station’s Facebook page, and then they must:


Create a video of no more than 3 minutes in length and upload it directly to the Xploration Station Facebook page with the hashtag: #StudentAstronaut (please note: submission by any other video platform (e.g.: YouTube, Vimeo etc. will not be accepted). The video must answer the following questions:


  1. What fun demonstration would you do to illustrate the effects of a weightless environment? (Simplicity and creativity are key, e.g.: attempt to juggle) All equipment must be approved. The following restrictions apply: No glass, no power tools, no drones, no weapons or anything that could be perceived as a weapon, approved liquids must be properly contained, nothing that will make a mess on the airplane or damage the airplane in any way.
  2. Why do you think space exploration is important?
  3. Why do you think you should be selected to fly with ZERO-G and be featured on Xploration Outer Space?


The contest opens today and will close at 11:59pm PST on Sunday, May 15th, 2016. The winner will be announced on the Xploration Station Facebook page the week of May 16th, 2016.

By submitting a video to Xploration Station's Facebook Page, you give Xploration Station the right to include your video in future media and for promotional purposes.

This contest is not sponsored by Facebook.


To participate, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Be between the ages of 18-24 years old on or before Friday, June 10th, 2016
  2. Be in good physical health
  3. Be a legal resident within the fifty United States
  4. Be enrolled at a learning institution

Judging Guidelines

Videos will be given a score out of 100 total points

  • Question 1: 25/25 Points
  • Question 2: 25/25 Points
  • Question 3: 25/25 Points
  • Social Score (Video Views/Likes/Comments + Creativity + On Camera Presence): 25/25 Points

About Xploration Outer Space

Xploration Outer Space is hosted by MIT Graduate, Emily Calandrelli.  Emily takes viewers on incredible journeys through the space industry by showing off the most exciting projects that are going on today. 

You can find Emily on [Facebook], [Instagram], and [Twitter].

Xploration Outer Space is an internationally syndicated program that airs on FOX, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. It is produced by Emmy-Award winning Rotfeld Productions. It airs weekend mornings and is shown to 500,000 viewers each week. 

All of Xploration Outer Space Season 1 is available for free on Hulu.com HERE.

The show was picked up for a second season. Filming for Season 3 is currently underway! 


Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G) is a privately held company whose mission is to make the excitement and adventure of weightlessness accessible to everyone. Based in Arlington, Va., ZERO-G is the first and only FAA-approved provider of weightless flights to the general public; entertainment and film industries; corporate and incentive markets; non-profit organizations; research and education sectors; as well as foreign and domestic government agencies.

Founded in 1993 by X PRIZE Foundation Chairman Peter H. Diamandis, M.D.; former NASA Mission Specialist Byron K. Lichtenberg, Ph.D.; and former NASA engineer Ray Cronise. ZERO-G’s founders worked for over a decade to secure FAA approval for G-FORCE ONE®, a specially modified Boeing 727-200, to take passengers on commercial weightless flights.

Since launching the ZERO-G Experience® in October 2004, the company has conducted over 500 weightless flights and flown over 15,000 people from around the world. In January 2008, Space Adventures, Ltd. acquired ZERO-G as a wholly owned subsidiary. Space Adventures offers spaceflight opportunities to the global marketplace. Their clients have traveled over 36 million miles in space.

ZERO-G operates under the highest safety standards as set by the FAA (Part-121). For more information, visit www.GoZeroG.com.


Please Direct all comments and questions to XplorationContest@gmail.com

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samuel borer, the university of maine

Xploration Outer Space Season 2 Winner:

Jillian Yuricich, The Ohio State University