Space experiments seem pointless

Space experiments seem pointless

“Space, the final frontier,” as described in the prologue to Star Trek, is a place of mystery and discovery where humans are just beginning to rub the surface of what exists. We have sent numerous probes and astronauts into space to conduct experiments to understand the universe and its place.

Some of these experiments may be beneficial. Others, however, seem unhelpful in helping us better understand our universe and its laws. So grab your astronaut ice cream and explore ten seemingly pointless space experiments…but probably aren’t.

A rose with a different fragrance

In 1998, NASA partnered with the International Agency for Flavor and Fragrance (IFF) to study the effect of microgravity on the scent of roses. They wanted to develop a new perfume that they hoped would work.

It turns out that placing roses in zero gravity changes the number of volatile oils in the rose. The volatile oil of the rose has a floral fragrance. When the rose was stretched in space, it secreted less fat, completely changing its scent.

IFF decided to use the findings of this experiment to create a new fragrance by Shiseido Cosmetics called “Zen.” After sending Rose into space, I could only picture the IFF’s R&D bill.

Little silver layers of a tragedy

In 2003, the spacecraft exploded on return to Columbia, killing the entire crew. While clearing the wreckage, the band found a salvaged experimental object containing roundworms.

The worm’s survival is an important discovery because it shows that life can survive by landing on another planet without being protected by a ship. It could also explain how life has spread throughout the Milky Way.

Even today, roundworms are being sent to the International Space Station for further testing and observations.

Twin Studies

What are the long-term outcomes of space travel? That’s what the researchers hope to find out with the Twins Study. NASA is studying astronaut Mark Kelly and his identical twin brother Scott. No matter how intelligent the people at NASA are when naming their experiments.

Scott was dispatched to the International Space Station to spend nearly a year in zero gravity. And Mark is doing similar tests on Earth while Scott is swimming, so the 84 researchers working on the experiment can see how microgravity affects the human body.

Not surprisingly, Scott has undergone many changes since our bodies evolved to handle Earth’s gravity and conditions. Some of those changes include:

  • decrease in body mass
  • Eye shape has changed
  • Overactive immune system
  • change in her chromosomes

When Scott returned to Earth, his body had almost recovered. Scientists hope this research will help people deal with the stress of living in space, but nothing has been made public about its results. I can only imagine that getting twin astronauts is a tall order.

Pole Tether Balls

While we could put a satellite into orbit, attaching a satellite to the back of the shuttle on a 21-kilometer (13-mile) tether makes no sense to the average citizen. But that’s precisely what scientists wanted and did; Scientists wanted satellites to generate electricity while they were pulled through Earth’s magnetic field by spacecraft.

Both attempts failed. The first shuttle dropped only 840 feet of cable before it got stuck. A second attempt in 1996 was nearly successful; Space Shuttle Columbia dropped 12.2 miles of the line before breaking, effectively sending the satellite into deep space.

The tether cable is only 2.54 mm (1/10 inch) thick; To my surprise, it did well for what it did. According to NASA, the system generates electricity, about 3,500 volts, and 0.5 amps. This can generate green energy during launch; We may want to try a more substantial and thicker cable.

Growing plants in space

Anyone who has seen The Martian, starring Matt Damon, understands the theoretical importance of this experiment. If we settle on Mars, we’ll have to grow our food. It aims to understand precisely what it takes to grow fruits and vegetables in space.

Remember what occurred to sailors when they didn’t eat enough vitamin C. They contracted scurvy because they couldn’t keep fresh produce on their ships. So far, scientists have not been competent in growing much lettuce, cabbage, kale, and some flowers. Ultimately, scientists want to be able to produce all kinds of vegetables and fruits because even having plants on board makes astronauts happy.

Using the water wall

The Wall of Water Experiment (what’s the unique name?) was designed to study how water behaves in microgravity. This involves using a system of “pockets” filled with water to create walls of water that astronauts can use for various purposes.

Engineers hope that they can replace some or all of the critical life support systems currently in use. They wanted the ship to have a bag for gray water, a bag for black water, an air filter bag, a bag for edible algae, and a bag to protect the astronauts from space radiation.

Best of all, if it succeeds, it will dramatically reduce the mechanical and engineering equipment needed for today’s life support systems. The only automated part on the water walls will be the water pump where water is required.

Mighty Mouse is no longer a fantasy

Any experiment that starts with genetically engineered “strong mice” will interest anyone. The mice in the investigation were mutated to have twice the muscle mass of their Jane counterparts.

The experiment aimed to see how microgravity affects muscle loss and bone mass. As a result, during 33 days in space, the genetically superior mice did not lose muscle or bone mass. At the same time, the typical space mice lost about 18 percent of their time in the same amount of time.

Scientists hope that these results could help both people on Earth and astronauts facing muscle loss due to disease or reduced gravity. According to geneticist Se-jin Lee, we are even many years away from testing on humans.

Fire Experiments

One of the numerous destructive things that can occur on board a spacecraft is a fire, as it can quickly spread and destroy vital support systems. To avoid that disaster, NASA plans to burn the International Space Station (ISS) safely. Yes, you read that right.

The project was named Sofie, which means Solid Fuel Ignition and Extinction. Sophie’s experiments will be carried out in the ISS burner. Scientists hope to learn how fire propagates and behaves with different materials in low-gravity conditions, destroying everything with the least risk of fire, with the ultimate goal of establishing properties on the Moon and Mars.

Ice Crystal Experiment

The Ice Crystal Experiment is developed to study how ice crystals form in space. I know what you’re thinking; Ice is ice — the water cools and freezes, this place becomes cold, is the end of the story. And you will be right at the most basic level; All ice is just frozen water.

However, the way it forms and behaves in space is different from that on Earth. Why is it important? Because it can help us find planets or other bodies with water and decide if it can live there or not. Remember, water is life to us and everything else as we understand it.

You may have noticed that most experiments have considered space travel or long-term colonization. It is no different; If we could find objects with enough water that could support life, the galaxy would be a bit smaller.

Human Genome Project

The Human Genome Project is a continuous effort to map the entire human genome. Human DNA consists of about 3 billion letters, so it took scientists years to consider this experiment a success. In 2003, after 13 years of progress, scientists mapped 92% of the genome and thought the project complete. After another 14 years, the human genome was completely mapped.

This project was and will continue to be important for many reasons. It has helped scientists learn more about the genetic causes of diseases, develop new and better treatments for diseases, and help us understand where human evolution is headed.

Some geneticists believe mapping the human genome is the key to successfully saving humanity. Christopher Mason, the lead geneticist on the twin study, thinks we should be able to use the map to modify humans and other species to better handle conflicts in space exploration.

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