mardi 27 septembre 2016

Fire and Water Studies for Space and Earth Benefits










ISS - Expedition 49 Mission patch.

September 27, 2016

Two different studies are under way on the International Space Station – one will observe how fuel burns in space while another is researching how medicine dissolves in water. Results from both experiments could benefit humans on Earth and in space.

Astronaut Takuya Onishi is setting up the Group Combustion experiment that will explore how flames spread across a cloud of fuel droplets. Observations may help engineers design advanced rocket engines, as well as gas turbines and industrial furnaces.


Image above: This sunrise is one of 16 the space station crew sees everyday aboard the space station. Image Credit: NASA.

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins is researching how pharmaceutical materials dissolve in water for the Hard to Wet Surfaces study. The space environment can reveal processes masked by Earth’s gravity and help scientists improve how drugs work in humans on Earth and in space.

Commander Anatoly Ivanishin was back at work studying how charged particle systems react when trapped in a magnetic field. The veteran cosmonaut, who is on his second station mission, also explored new methods to detect and target landmarks improving Earth photography techniques.

Related links:

Group Combustion experiment: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/1077.html

Hard to Wet Surfaces study: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/2275.html

Charged particle systems: http://www.energia.ru/en/iss/researches/popular/02.html

Methods to detect and target landmarks: http://www.energia.ru/en/iss/researches/develop/04.html

Space Station Research and Technology: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/index.html

International Space Station (ISS): https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html

Image (mentioned), Text, Credits: NASA/Mark Garcia.

Greetings, Orbiter.ch

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