After 13 months of continuous operations and more than 260 GB of science data generated, science campaign for GeoFlow-2 can be considered a huge success, overpassing all expectative and giving more results than initially expected. GeoFlow-2 objective was to generate further results to check and improve numeric models of the Earth mantle. That information complements the results obtained by geological phenomena numeric simulators, confirming or ameliorating their conclusions. The experiment has investigated the flow of an incompressible viscous fluid (alkanol 1-Nonanol) held between two concentric spheres. A central force field was introduced by applying a high voltage difference ...
28 November, 2012E-USOC
Source: NASA EPO Foam Stability dates and figures Experiment Session 11 January 2012 Performed by André Kuipers Science runs 3 Science running time 1 hour Number of cell arrays 3 “Second successful scientific execution on orbit with educational added value” The first part of the EPO Foam Stability experiment has been successfully performed inside Columbus by André Kuipers on January 2012. This experiment first part pursued two main objectives: one scientific and one educational. After the data evaluation of the former FOAM-S experiment, scientists proposed new fluid mixtures samples testing. In addition the ESA Education Office has created an educational programme that will transmit science on orbit activities to classrooms ...
10 April, 2012E-USOC
The operations of COLLOID-2 experiment, carried out by E-USOC, have been completed successfully. This experiment is a follow up of SODI-COLLOID, that focused on three-dimensional photonic structures which possess appealing optical properties, making them candidates for future nano-technology. The presence of gravity increases the difficulty in the manufacture of colloidal photonic crystals structures. Therefore the researchers expect to figure out the phenomenon of aggregation eliminating that factor -i.e. studying particles interactions in microgravity conditions– in the modular instrument SODI (Selectable Optical Diagnostics Instrument) on board the ISS. Source: E-USOC This second attempt was requested by scientists to clarify the ...
21 November, 2011E-USOC
Fuente: E-USOC ESA has invited schoolchildren aged between 12 -14 years to join the Greenhouse in Space project. This experiment, carried out by the Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli, consists of growing flowering plants inside two separate small greenshouses set up in the Columbus laboratory and follows their germination over a two-month period. Students on the ground will make the observations of the plants in their own mini greenhouse and compare the results with Paolo’s space experiment, by means of both recorded and live-link activity for educational events. The 5th year students from CEIP Luis Buñuel, a bilingual school located ...
25 February, 2011E-USOC
COLLOID Experiment Execution Increments 24 & 25 EVENT DATE Progress 39P Launch 10/09/2010 Docking 12/09/2010 HW SETUP SODI Harnesses Installation 13/09/2010 SODI-COLLOID Installation Inside MSG 14/09/2010 1st Flash Disk (Science Runs) 14/09/2010 to 27/09/2010 Flight Disk Exchange 27/09/2010 2nd Flash Disk (Science Runs) 27/09/2010 to 10/05/2010 Hardware Stow 13/10/2010 Planned Shuttle Undock ULF5 10/11/2010 Data Generated On Board 1st Flash Disk 2nd Flash Disk 120 GB 71.5 GB On October 2010, another fluid physics challenge of great interest for the scientific community has been successfully faced up on board the International Space Station (ISS). It is about the COLLOID experiment completion which performance, lasting for three weeks around, was supported by the E-USOC. The COLLOID project stems from the proposal “Advanced Photonic Devices in Microgravity” that focuses on ...
7 October, 2010E-USOC