Studying sediment in zero gravity

National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded scientists and engineers are bringing some of their most challenging research questions to the International Space Station (ISS). NSF, in collaboration with NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, will launch its first project to the ISS U.S. National Laboratory on Friday. By eliminating gravity, the team at ISS will study sediment stirred up in vials of water to better understand the dynamics of sediment and its cohesive and adhesive forces. The team feels that this work could help here on Earth by predicting erosion, modeling the carbon cycle and predicting locations of oil deposits. Over the next several months, projects will include studying fluid dynamics, fire, dusty plasma and tissue growth.

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