Fox and "Xploration Station" announce the #StudentAstronaut contest, giving STEM students the chance to train like an astronaut

As part of a nationwide contest from "Xploration Station," the two-hour block of science-themed programming airing on the Fox TV stations, students across American can now compete for the chance to realize their dreams of space exploration. The #StudentAstronaut contest, now in its second year, allows STEM students to vie for an all-expenses-paid trip to Sanford, Florida, to train like an astronaut and experience zero gravity alongside "Xploration Outer Space" host Emily Calandrelli. Students can enter the contest by submitting videos to the "Xploration Station" Facebook page. The contest will accept entries until Sunday, May 15.

"This is a unique opportunity to engage students in a real world experience that makes science fun and exciting," said Steve Rotfeld, president of Steve Rotfeld Productions. "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."

Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G) is the primary partner on the #StudentAstronaut contest, and the winning student will get the chance to ride on its world-renowned ZERO-G airplane to experience the feeling of "weightlessness," as astronauts do in microgravity. This trip, along with the winner's entire training experience, will be featured in a season three 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," Rotfeld said.

The competition builds on the success of last year's #StudentAstronaut contest, in which winning student Jillian Yuricich of Ohio State University got the chance to attend PoSSUM Academy, a 5-day astronaut training program focused on performing experiments during suborbital space missions. Yuricich's training was featured in an episode of "Xploration Outer Space" last season.

"Xploration Outer Space" and its three sister series are currently airing on weekend mornings on Fox TV stations in nearly 100 million homes across the country. The other series comprising "Xploration Station" are "Xploration Awesome Planet," hosted by Philippe Cousteau, "Xploration Earth 2050," hosted by artist and futurist Chuck Pell, and "Xploration Animal Science," which explores animal behavior. "Xploration Earth 2050" received two Daytime Emmy nominations this year. All episodes are available to stream for free on Hulu.

Contest Details
Students hoping to enter the contest should submit a video no longer than three minutes to the "Xploration Station" Facebook page using the hashtag #StudentAstronaut. The video must answer the following questions: Why do you think space exploration is important? Why do you think you should be selected to fly with ZERO-G and be featured on "Xploration Outer Space?" What fun demonstration would you do to illustrate the effects of a weightless environment?

Participants should be between the ages of 18 and 24 years and should be enrolled in high school or college. The contest is now open and will close at 11:59 PM PST on Sunday, May 15. The winner will be announced during the week of May 16.

Learn more about the #StudentAstronaut contest including the complete contest rules and eligibility.