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European experiment hardware reaches the International Space Station

The Progress M1-10 on mission number 11P to the ISS was successfully launched into orbit on Sunday, 8 June at 12.34 Central European Time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Progress spacecraft acts as a cargo supply vehicle for the ISS. The Progress M1-10's cargo included European experiment equipment, which will play a large part in the mission of ESA astronaut Pedro Duque to the ISS in October this year. Whilst on the ISS astronaut Duque from Spain will carry out a number of physical science, human physiology, biology and education experiments.

The European cargo, which flew in the Progress M1-10 included a major component of the NANOSLAB experiment, which first flew on the flight of ESA astronaut Frank De Winne in November 2002 as part of the Belgian Odissea Mission. This Physical Science experiment has been modified for the Spanish Soyuz Mission.

NANOSLAB is an experiment concerning zeolites. These are crystal formations with structured spaces or pores in them. This allows them to absorb or hold onto other materials such as water. This research has significance in areas including the petrochemical industry. The aim of this experiment is to try and create more effective zeolite crystal structures by mixing different zeolite solutions with a range of crystal-forming catalysts.

Another European experiment, which had major constituents taken to the ISS by the Progress M1-10 was PROMISS-2. This experiment aims to understand the fundamental processes, which underly protein crystallization.

On the educational side of the Spanish Soyuz mission, the following experiments have been uploaded to the ISS from the Progress M1-10:

APIS
This is an experiment aiming to show the difference in the motion of a body rotating about its centre of gravity when its mass is distributed differently.

Thebas
This is an experiment to test basic principles of mechanics. It records the motion o
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Contact: Dieter Isakeit
dieter.isakeit@esa.int
31-715-65-5451
European Space Agency
16-Jun-2003


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