(January 9, 1996) The first episode of Liftoff to Learning focuses on four scientific disciplines in microgravity studies: fluid physics, materials science, biotechnology, and combustion. Experiments within these disciplines explore how the effects of buoyancy-driven convection and sedimentation, seen in ground-based laboratories, are diminished in space, allowing scientists to expand their knowledge in these areas. “Microgravity” describes the restrictions that gravity imposes on scientific experimentation and how they can be greatly reduced in the exciting research environment of the Space Shuttle and later on in the International Space Station. Target grades are 5-12.
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