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JPL Scientists Receive NASA Fundamental Physics Grants October 28, 2003

Four scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif, along with 11 other researchers, have been awarded NASA grants totaling more than $6.4 million over four years, to conduct space fundamental physics research. This research is expected to expand our understanding of space, time and matter.

Sponsored by NASA's Office of Biological and Physical Research, the research program offers investigators the advantage of a low-gravity and space environment to enhance understanding of physical and chemical processes associated with fundamental physics.

The JPL grant recipients are:

Dr. Marty Barmatz -- Finite Size Scaling of the Isothermal Susceptibility Near the 3He Critical Point Dr. Jim Williams. -- Improving Lunar Laser Ranging Tests of Gravitational Theory Dr. Slava Turyshev-- Laser Astrometric Test of Relativity Mission Studies Dr. Fang Zhong -- AC Heat Capacity Measurement Using Gravity Cancellation Approach

Researchers will be able to use NASA's microgravity research facilities such as drop-tubes, drop-towers, aircraft and sounding rockets. All 15 grants are for ground-based research. Four are to continue work currently being funded by NASA, while the remaining 11 represent new research efforts.

NASA received 29 proposals in response to this research announcement. The proposals were peer-reviewed by scientific and technical experts from academia and government. A complete list of awardees (by state), their institutions and research titles is available on the Internet at . For more information about NASA and agency research programs on the Internet, visit . For more information about NASA's space research on the Internet, visit or

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