Thursday, March 17, 2016

Here Is A Really COOL Experiment To Fly On ISS

Hey Space Placers!

Here is a really COOL experiment that will be flying to the International Space Station (ISS) on the upcoming 5th Orbital ATK Resupply Mission.

The Cygnus spacecraft for the upcoming Orbital ATK Commercial Resupply Services-6 mission is encapsulated inside its payload fairing as it moves past the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It is being moved to Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Credits: NASA/Dimitrios Gerondidakis
Meteor will visually observe the night sky from ISS especially during major and minor meteor showers. Meteor will take photographs and spectra (chemical makeup of the light comprising the meteor or other object) for two years. Analysis of the data will provide how many meters enter Earth's atmosphere and what they are made of.

Being on orbit ISS will be above the Earth's atmosphere and corresponding interference/weather. This will provide continuous observational data to be gathered and provide us really good data. Researchers will get a good idea of the infall rate of meteors and what they are comprised of - asteroid vs cometary origin and composition of these bodies.

I am REALLY excited to see the results of Meteor. I'll be following this experiment, that is for sure.

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