2009 experiments

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ESA / Education / Fly Your Thesis!

The following teams of postgraduate students flew their experiments during the 'Fly Your Thesis!' 2009 campaign.

  • ABCtr MicroG - a team of four students from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Spain. Their experiment investigated the behaviour of particular biological agents involved in the assimilation of drugs by the human body. The results could help to improve treatments in space.
  • AstEx - a team of three students from the Open University in the United Kingdom and the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France. Their experiment investigated the behaviour of granular material under shear stress, with the possibility of using their results in the design of future asteroid sample return missions.
  • Complex - a team of three students from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, in Trondheim, Norway. They studied the flow birefringence of a solution of clay particles in salty water, allowing them to have a deeper understanding of the self-organisation of those small particles.
  • The Dust Side of the Force - a team of five German students from the Institute of Planetology at the University of M√ľnster, Germany. The experiment was about the greenhouse and thermophoretic effect, which can lift particles off the ground in low gravity conditions. This effect is thought to be important in planet formation and the formation of dust storms on Mars.

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