Life In Space: Science Is Fun Onboard ISS

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Close … Mission OasISS: Life in space – water demonstration polarisation.

ESA astronaut Frank De Winne shows the polarisation of water in a short demonstration performed in space on board the International Space Station (ISS).

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Frank De Winne became the first European commander of the International Space Station in October 2009 with the departure of Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka who had filled this role since April. De Winne is the first non-American and non-Russian to take on this role.


“OasISS” refers to many aspects of the International Space Station as well as to human exploration, ranging from the exploration of deserts on Earth by European explorers, to the deserts we will find on other planets, where humankind might be able set up an oasis and provide a permanent human outpost to live on that planet.

The ISS itself can be considered an oasis in space for its astronauts and cosmonauts, whilst Earth is often referred to as the Blue Planet and represents an oasis for humankind in the Universe.

The name also refers to the challenge to find an oasis, where human exploration is a challenge in itself.

OasISS also ties in with De Winne’s role as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF Belgium. In support of the UNICEF 2009 WASH campaign dedicated to water, sanitation and hygiene, several events will be implemented during his flight to draw public attention to the availability and cleanliness of water which is critically important for human life.

As Frank De Winne himself stated, “Water is a scarce resource on board the ISS; responsible use and recycling in space can help develop efficient water processing applications for Earth, which are particularly important for the developing countries”.



nordicsky says:

Wonderful…the quest for knowledge should be fun, especially in space.

kai dan says:

I was searching for Islamic State, How did I get here ?

Jesse van Hoorn says:


MontanaCheeky says:

I love microgravity experiments. They let us show fact. I do not see how you could practically, perform the water charge experiment on earth. Showing charge influences and being able to see them with the eye in this manner is great. (i was going to say incredible however, the credit is to the great minds of our species )

CaptainBrotato says:


Falcon says:

Hahahha Headshot 

Klevis visi says:

lets remember that is the international space station, not the english language station

Kane Charaba says:

Well thats One thing happening but Your also Falling so fast your going sideways


No. You're wrong. It's not falling necessarily. The vacuum of space is pulling them out while the gravity of Earth is keeping them in orbit. It's the pull between the two spheres that are giving them a freefall experience. They are being pulled out into space and being pulled by Earth.


I would love to go up to space on the ISS. Smoke a bowl. Let some cheezits float in my mouth and just fly around for a couple of hours and then come home and reminisce.

Kane Charaba says:

Your not floating your falling you know nvm this is to hard to explain

plasmathunderdx says:

I still can't believe we have people living in space.

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