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.Principal Investigator(s)
German Aerospace Center (DLR), Cologne, , Germany
European Space Agency (ESA)Sponsoring Organization
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April 2006 - April 2007Expeditions Assigned
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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.
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