Richmond Astronomical Society

2011 Metro Richmond Science Fair

Mar 20th, 2011 | By | Category: Events

RAS recognized two winners at the 2011 Metro Richmond Science Fair on Saturday, March 19.

Terry Barker made the presentation of two $50 checks to Vijay Govindarajan of Godwin High School, for his project “Developing an Alternative Earth-Based Lunar Regolith Simulant for Future Space Exploration,” and to Ashley Hedberg, also from Godwin High, for her project “On the Use of Moon Illumination as a Predictor of Barometric Pressure.”

Vijay took advantage of an intern program last summer at Langley to produce his project. He used a sample of soil from Mauna Kia, Hawaii, to see if it might serve as a more readily available source of simulated Lunar soil. This will help scientists study its effect on future landings on the moon. He used X-ray diffraction results to compare his version to known parameters of Lunar soil.

Ashley studied a piece of folklore to see if it was true that the brightness of the moon is a predictor of impending changes in barometric pressure. She did not find a correlation, but she showed some impressive work on how she went about testing the null hypothesis.

Terry Barker and Russ Hummell represented the club and made the selections.

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