Information PendingPrincipal Investigator(s)
Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)Sponsoring Organization
Information PendingResearch Benefits
Information PendingISS Expedition Duration
December 2001 - June 2002Expeditions Assigned
4Previous ISS Missions
Obtaining experimental data characterizing the effects of atmospheric, hydrophysical and geological factors on biological productivity of oceanic waters surrounding the Republic of South Africa. Obtaining geological information needed for prediction and additional prospecting on the African territory.
Information PendingEarth Applications
Cameras and video recording devices.Operational Protocols
Search for biologically productive areas of the ocean, a study of underwater topography near African coast. Development of methods for digital photography of geological structures at low sun elevations over local horizon and different viewing angles. A study of topography in the area of known mineral deposits in order to search for promising geological structures outside these deposits using the identified indicative signs.
The results of a comprehensive processing of materials obtained during the mission, making use of archive space data and measurements from ships will allow to evaluate the role and scope of effects the atmospheric, hydrophysical and geological factors have on biological production processes in the waters of the oceans surrounding African coast.