Oil Emulsion Experiment (OEE) - 01.09.14
Science Objectives for Everyone Oil Emulsion is an experiment that will be used to teach students basic principles of fluid physics. Identical experiments will be performed on ISS and in the classroom to compare mixing oil and water in microgravity to mixing them on Earth.
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German Aerospace Center (DLR), Cologne, , Germany
Sponsoring Space Agency
European Space Agency (ESA)
ISS Expedition Duration
April 2006 - September 2006
Previous ISS Missions
- Oil Emulsion will be used as a teaching tool in the classroom to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
- A container of oil and colored water will be mixed on ISS and on Earth in order to observe the reactions of the mixture in gravity (Earth) and microgravity (ISS).
This experiment will be carried out by students (11-14 years old) on Earth and by Thomas Reiter during his long-duration mission on board the ISS. The space section of Oil Emulsion will be filmed and downlinked. This experiment will highlight how an oil and water emulsion behaves differently in weightlessness and under gravity conditions. A sealed container holding two immiscible fluids, clear oil and ink colored water, will be shaken until the two fluids are slightly mixed.
The fluids' behavior in space will be filmed within defined time slots during a two week period. The data will be downlinked and the results will be shown in a specialized children's program on German public TV. The different kinds of segregation that occur during the experiment, in space and on Earth, can be observed and then explained by the teacher. This experiment can form the basis of further physics lessons, (concerning weightlessness, density, other fluid parameters) and maybe even lessons in other scientific areas. The Oil Emulsion experiment was introduced by DLR and is a cooperation between the German and the European Space Agencies.
The container with the oil and water mixture that is used in the Oil Emulsion investigation. (Image courtesy ESA)
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