Naumann, Robert J. University of Alabama, Huntsville, Alabama.
- Combustion experiments
- Materials science
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Experiments conducted in space in order to take advantage of the reduced gravity in studies of the growth, behavior, and properties of materials. Spacelab, developed by the European Space Agency (ESA), was a laboratory module that flew in the space shuttle payload bay. The module became the workhorse for United States and international science missions emphasizing low gravity. Twelve such missions were flown between 1983 and 1998, and an additional seven missions utilized Spacehab components (such as a pallet to support experiments not requiring direct crew interaction). The experiments in fluids, combustion, materials science, and biotechnology conducted on these missions, together with their related ground-based research, resulted in more than 2200 scientific publications, about 1200 of which appeared in peer-reviewed journals. See also: Space shuttle
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