Materials Science Experiments in Space
A seed crystal

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

This NASA video segment describes the process of crystallization and highlights the potential benefits of growing crystals in space. Materials science investigates the structure, properties and manufacture of materials. These materials include metals, ceramics and semi-conductor material. Viewers learn about the arrangement of atoms in a crystal, the process of growing crystals from solution and the limitations to crystal growth created by gravity. The segment also discusses how crystals grown in space can help create better silicon chips and super alloys.

Materials Science Experiments in Space
Duration: 2 minute 33 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
Combustion Experiments in Space