Detail View: NASA Great Images in Nasa Collection: Materials Science Experiments Conducted at MSFC

Title: 
Materials Science Experiments Conducted at MSFC
Full Description: 
In another first for NASA, an all-female crew of scientific experimenters began a five-day exercise on December 16, 1974, to test the feasibility of experiments that were later tested on the Space Shuttle/Spacelab missions. The experimenters, Dr. Mary H. Johnston (seated, left), Ann F. Whitaker and Carolyn S. Griner (standing, left to right), and the crew chief, Doris Chandler, spent spend eight hours each day of the mission in the Marshall Space Flight Centers General Purpose Laboratory (GPL). They conducted 11 selected experiments in materials science to determine their practical application for Spacelab missions and to identify integration and operational problems that might occur on actual missions. Inside the GPL, the four women worked under conditions simulating, as nearly as practical, those that would exist in a space station in Earth orbit, excepting, of course, weightlessness. Air circulation, temperature, humidity and other factors were carefully controlled. The test was conducted at NASAs Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, where the GPL is part of the centers Concept Verification Test (CVT), a project oriented to reducing future costs of experimentation in space by involving potential experimenters early in the development cycle of their hardware.
Date: 
11/13/1974
NASA Center: 
Marshall Space Flight Center
Subject Category: 
Simulators
Keywords: 
Center
Audience: 
General Public
facet_what: 
Earth
facet_where: 
Marshall Space Fligh Center (MSFC)
facet_who: 
Carolyn S. Griner
facet_when: 
11-13-1974
facet_when_year: 
1974
Image #: 
565782
original url: 
http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000198.html
UID: 
SPD-GRIN-GPN-2002-000198
Center: 
MSFC
Center Number: 
565782
GRIN DataBase Number: 
GPN-2002-000198
Creator-Photographer: 
NASA
Original Source: 
DIGITAL