professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University
of Southern Mississippi consulted Monday with astronaut Dr. Michael
Foale as he performed the professor's experiment aboard the International
professor Dr. John Pojman was at the console in the telesciences
center at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.,
at 5 a.m. to talk to Foale, who was about to perform an experiment
designed by Pojman called Miscible Fluids in Microgravity (MFMG).
wanted to consult with Pojman prior to performing the procedures,
perrformed the experiment while Pojman watched in real time from
the MFMG team were able to comment on the procedures as Foale performed
them and to help him solve problems he encountered.
is the first of its kind in which the behavior of miscible fluids--
fluids that dissolve in each other--was studied in weightlessness
to see if the fluids could sometimes act like immiscible fluids,
such as oil and water.
materials that already existed on the International Space Station,
Pojman and the team in Huntsville developed an experiment using
Russian honey and water with spare syringes and drinking straws.
went very well today," Pojman said. "Watching my own experiment
in real time from space was a dream come true and a tribute to the
hard work of the MFMG team."
"We are beginning the analysis of the video to determine how
well the computer simulations performed by Nick Bessonov and Vitaly
Volpert of Université Lyon I captured the phenomena."
will be performed this week, and an additional week of experiments
will be performed later in the spring.
the Southern Miss faculty in 1990 and lives with his wife and son
in New Orleans. For more information, contact Dr. Pojman at (504)