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Space Station Live: Interviews (May 20-24, 2013)
 
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Space Station Live: Astronaut Mario Runco on Earth Photography– 05.23.13
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Veteran astronaut Mario Runco recently joined NASA Public Affairs Officer Kelly Humphries in the International Space Station Flight Control Room to discuss photography of Earth from space.

Runco flew into space three times as a space shuttle mission specialist, and the orbital views ignited his lifelong passion for Earth observation and photography. “When you get up on-orbit and you get your first view outside the window, it is strikingly beautiful, breathtaking,” said Runco. “The adjectives and superlatives could not describe the feeling and sense of beauty you get.”

Currently, Runco serves as an Earth and planetary scientist at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. He also helped design the Window Observational Research Facility, or WORF, which provides power, data, cooling and mounting connections required for science instruments to operate in the Earth-facing window of the space station’s Destiny laboratory.

Some of the Earth-observation experiments that use WORF include EarthKAM, which allows students to program a digital camera to photograph a variety of geographical targets, and ISS SERVIR Environmental Research and Visualization System, or ISERV, which provides images for disaster monitoring. WORF was also the home for the University of North Dakota’s International Space Station Agricultural Camera, or ISSAC, as it collected visible and infrared images of vegetated areas in the Great Plains region to assist farmers and ranchers.

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For more information on science and operations aboard the station, visit http://www.nasa.gov/station.



Space Station Live: Fluids and Combustion Facility – 05.20.13
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Aboard the International Space Station, the Fluids and Combustion Facility (FCF) accommodates the unique challenges of working with fluids and combustion processes in microgravity and provides services and capabilities comparable to those found in traditional Earth-based laboratories.

NASA Public Affairs Officer Brandi Dean recently spoke with Robert Corben, the FCF manager at NASA’s Glenn Research Center to discuss some of the science being conducted with the facility’s two powered racks – the Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) and the Fluids Integrated Rack (FIR).

The CIR, which includes a combustion chamber and a fuel and oxidizer control, allows a variety of combustion experiments to be performed safely aboard the station. The FIR is a complementary fluid physics research facility designed to host investigations in areas such as colloids, gels, bubbles and capillary action.

While the FIR and the CIR perform completely different tasks, they share similar hardware to interact with the station’s communication system and distribute power. Both racks also have what is known as an optics bench to mount and reposition modular diagnostic tools such as special cameras and lights.

Watch the full Space Station Live broadcast weekdays on NASA TV at 10 a.m. CDT.

For more information on science and operations aboard the station, visit http://www.nasa.gov/station.