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Microgravity

1998-09-30

NASA

NASA
Washington, DC, United States

Dr. Jan Rogers and Dr. Michael Robinson operate the Electrostatic Levitator (ESL) at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). The ESL uses static electricity to suspend an object (about 2-3 mm in diameter) inside a vacuum chamber while a laser heats the sample until it melts. This lets scientists record a wide range of physical properties without the sample contacting the container or any instruments, conditions that would alter the readings. The Electrostatic Levitator is one of several tools used in NASA's microgravity materials science program.

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  • Title: Microgravity
  • Date Created: 1998-09-30
  • Rights: MSFC
  • Album: rlobrie1

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