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Space Station Research Exposing the Salty Truth of Supercritical Water Transitions

Images of water/saline solution being heated.

There is a moment when everything changes. Something familiar crosses a boundary and suddenly behaves in new ways. Take water for example. In middle school science class, you probably learned about saturation points when adding salt to a liquid. Or you discovered the importance of phase changes when ...

Low-Gravity Flights are Precursors to Space Station Fluids and Combustion Experiments

typical gas core for two-phase injection

Paul Ferkul (Combustion and Reacting Systems Branch), as well as John McQuillen and Brian Motil (Fluid Physics and Transport Branch) were quoted in the recent feature article on the NASA Glenn website, "Low-Gravity Flights are Precursors to Space Station Fluids and Combustion ...

PUMA Technology Monitors Pilots and Patients

PUMA Headgear

Technology originally designed by NASA Glenn scientists to monitor the health of astronauts is finding new applications here on Earth that could significantly impact the safety of pilots and the rehabilitation of cardio-pulmonary patients. Read an excerpt from the article featured on the NASA Glenn ...

Bob Green Interviewed in ISS In-SPACE Article

InSPACE science video image of aggregates

On the International Space Station section of NASA's main website, Bob Green of the Fluid Physics and Transport Branch, was interviewed for the article, "The Self-Assembling Particles That Come From InSPACE." Read an excerpt below: Shape-shifting malleable, gelatinous forms are orbiting the ...

An Old Theory Goes up in Cool Flames

A vapor cloud forms around the heptane fuel droplet following its dual-stage extinguishment in the FLEX investigation. (NASA)

"There are all kinds of implications for practical applications. For internal combustion engines, it can lead to pollution reduction and better gas mileage," said Vedha Nayagam, FLEX co-investigator, National Center for Space Exploration Research, Cleveland, Ohio. "You could use this cool flame ...

SLICE and BASS Featured in “Burning Questions on the International Space Station”

Burning Plastic Sphere

Whether suspended in midair or burning their way through a ball of plastic, flames have consumed the attention of combustion researchers in experiments for years, both on Earth and in space. Further refining our understanding of the structure and performance of flames is the focus of two experiments ...

IVGEN Undergoes Lifetime Testing in Preparation For Future Missions

Astronaut TJ Creamer with IVGEN hardware aboard ISS

A Solution for Medical Needs and Cramped Quarters in Space Imagine you're an astronaut exploring the surface of Mars, when suddenly you fall ill or injure yourself. As your team struggles to get you safely back to base, you become seriously dehydrated. With their trusty -- and ingenious -- kit, ...

Kim de Groh Featured in ‘Meet a NASA Glenn Employee’

Kim de Groh

Kim de Groh, Senior Materials Research Engineer, Space Environment and Experiments Branch, was recently featured on the NASA Glenn Research Center website section, ”Meet a NASA Glenn Employee.” "A materials research engineer studies materials (metals, polymers, ceramics or composites) for various ...

NASA’s Flame Extinguishment Experiment (FLEX) Featured on Glenn Space Station Website

Color image of a burning droplet

Since March 2009, NASA's Flame Extinguishment Experiment, or FLEX, has conducted more than 200 tests to better understand the fundamentals of flames and how best to suppress fire in space. The investigation is currently ongoing aboard the International Space Station. In space, where there is no ...

Power and Measurement Inventions Merit R&D 100 Awards

Non-Flow-Through PEM Fuel Cell Team

Three teams of researchers and scientists at NASA’s Glenn Research Center were honored with R&D Magazine’s “Oscar of Invention” during the annual awards banquet on Oct. 13, at Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Florida.The magazine’s editors, along with an independent judging panel, selected the ...