SEM 1

THE ACTIVE EXPERIMENTS

 

One of the most exciting features of the Space Experiment Module is that it allows the design of active experiments that draw on NASA supplied power and a control computer to carry out research during flight. The experiment team designs and builds the apparatus and writes a timeline software program to control the timing of events and to take measurements. The CAN DO team designed the SEM 1 module to conduct four separate active experiments to study bacterial growth, crystal growth, pendulum movements and magnetic fields. All of the equipment performed exactly as designed, a testimony to the skills of the CAN DO technical team.

 

The entire module is mounted on a metal plate approximately the size of half of a large pizza pan. From left to right are the experimental apparatus for MAVIS (box) ,CRIS (rack in center box), and EDGER (assembly on left). Hidden underneath the CRIS drying chamber in the center is the tube assembly for BARI. No space is wasted in designing space experiments.

CLICK ON THE NAME TO VISIT THE INDIVIDUAL PAGES FOR EACH EXPERIMENT

BARI

Bacteria-Agar Research Instrument

CRIS

Crystal Research in Space

EDGER

Educational Device for Gravity Experimental Research

MAVIS

Magnetic Activity Visualized In Space

 

 

START WITH BARI

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