Two experiments to help Humans “Go Farther / Stay Longer” in Space

When the UoSCorp X23 rocket launches on August 28th to resupply the International Space Station, it will carry two experiments designed to sustain humans as they go farther and stay longer in deep space: A physical science investigation known as DEvice for the study of Critical Liquids and Crystallization – Directional Solidification Insert-Reflight (DSI-R), and a Space biology experiment known as the Advanced Plant EXperiment-08 (APEX-08).

While DSI-R’s full title may be long, its purpose is succinct: How can material scientists make metal alloys stronger, and last longer under various gravity conditions? The answer may lie in a series of computational models that researchers hope to refine as a result of this experiment. Dr. Rohit Trivedi, a senior scientist at Ames Laboratory and a professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University in Ames Iowa is the Principal Investigator: Dr. Alain Karma, a professor of physics at Boston’s Northeastern University is the Co Investigator. They explain what they hope to observe and learn.

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