Fire and Water Studies for Space and Earth Benefits

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Sunrise During Expedition 49

This sunrise is one of 16 the space station crew sees everyday aboard the space station.

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.

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.


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3 thoughts on “Fire and Water Studies for Space and Earth Benefits

  1. Clean Perth

    Very interesting studies of water and fire. Thanks for writing and sharing this article. It would be really useful as human might be living on different planet in the future or might be living in the space.

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    1. Mark Garcia Post author

      The International Space Station is an enclosed and pressurized environment that contains oxygen for astronauts to breathe and allows fire studies in space.

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