Combustion Experiments in Space
The word Combustion overlaid upon science symbols and images

The information in this video was accurate as of the original publication date.

Audience: Educators and Students
Grades: 5-12
Year: 1996


This NASA video segment explains how gravity affects the way a candle burns. Viewers learn that on Earth convective forces work in conjunction with gravity to create the characteristic teardrop flame of a candle. Conversely, in the microgravity of space, the candle flame is spherical because the convective forces are nonexistent. The segment also discusses the ways in which combustion research in microgravity can help combat fires and reduce pollution on Earth.

Combustion Experiments in Space
Duration: 3 minutes 04 seconds
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This video clip is part of the Liftoff to Learning: Microgravity DVD that may be ordered from the Central Operation of Resources for Educators, or CORE  →.


Other video learning clips in this series:
The Constant Pull of Gravity: How Does It Work?
What Is Microgravity?
Simulating the Low-Gravity Conditions of Space in the Lab
The Role of Microgravity in Scientific Research
Fluid Physics Experiments in Space
Biotechnology Experiments in Space
Materials Science Experiments in Space