Science in Space
"Veggie" Will Expand Fresh Food Production on Space Station. On June 10, 2014, Astronaut Steve Swanson harvested a crop of six red romaine lettuce plants that were grown from seed inside the space station’s Veggie facility, a low-cost plant growth chamber that uses a flat-panel light bank for plant growth and crew observation. For the Veg-01 experiment, researchers are testing and validating the Veggie hardware, and the plants will be returned to Earth to determine food safety.
NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg preparing another colloidal fluid experiment aboard the International Space Station. This one examines colloidals classified as smart materials, transitioning to a solid-like state in the presence of a magnetic field. New manufacturing models based on these nanoparticles acting as self-assembling building blocks could improve or help develop brake systems, seat suspensions, stress transducers, robotics, rovers, airplane landing gears and vibration damping systems.
Karen Nyberg, Expedition 36 flight engineer, works with new test samples for the Advanced Colloids Experiment, or ACE, housed inside the Microgravity Science Glovebox of the International Space Station's Destiny laboratory. Results from ACE will help researchers understand how to optimize stabilizers to extend the shelf life of products like laundry detergent, paint, ketchup and even salad dressing.
Studying the use of magnetic fields to change viscosity of special fluids. Could improve brake systems, seat suspensions, robotics, clutches, engine mounts & more. The experiment is called InSPACE (Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Emulsions). KN from space
Expedition 36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy works with the Seedling Growth experiment aboard the #ISS. Credit: NASA TV. Seedling Growth Experiment is an example of research in space that could reap Earth Benefits: Further understanding of how plants grow and develop at a molecular level can lead to significant advancements in agricultural production on Earth. Understanding mechanisms of plant development will support improved agricultural production and higher crop yields on Earth.