Tuesday, September 11, 2007

After Much Deliberation, These Are The Food Going To Space in a Month's Time...

Not sure why I'm still giving attention to blog about this topic. But when I came across this hat-tip by Rauff, I knew I just had to blog about it.



Presenting, the world's most expensive and furthest (albeit without much gravity) open house:


To quote:

Ketua Pengarah Agensi Angkasa Negara (Angkasa), Profesor Datuk Dr Mazlan Othman, berkata makanan itu dicadangkan memandangkan angkasawan negara akan menyambut Aidilfitri di angkasa lepas seterusnya memperkenalkan budaya rumah terbuka.

On provoking our young minds and thoughts:

Selain itu, Dr Mazlan berkata, wujud salah anggap di kalangan orang ramai mengenai hasrat pihaknya membawa minuman teh tarik dalam misi angkasa lepas yang dijangka dilancarkan pada 10 Oktober ini.

Katanya, pemilihan teh tarik bertujuan menimbulkan minat terhadap sains di kalangan penduduk negara ini terutama kanak-kanak memandangkan ia minuman popular masyarakat negara ini.

"Angkasawan kita akan menjalankan ujian dinamik cecair terhadap minuman itu ketika di angkasa lepas. Jadi setiap kali kita hendak minum teh tarik, secara tidak langsung ia akan mengingatkan kita pada misi angkasa lepas yang dilakukan negara," katanya.

Ujian dinamik cecair cammane, Prof? Kamu ingat kiter ni bodoh ke?

If all that she wants the schoolkids to think about is teh tarik, I'm shedding tears (some say they have longed run dry) for Malaysians. As blogged about a year ago, these are some experiments schoolkids around the world are able to think about:

The website Stars Academy provides an opportunity for students around the world to send proposals for experiments to be conducted in space. This gives opportunity for students worldwide to design actual experiments directly with scientist, engineers and participate directly in the implementation and experiment hypothesis.

Some of the notable experiments include, reproduced here from the website:

From Australia, the Glen Waverly Secondary School. Students design a spider experiment to determine if the spider will build a different web in space compared to Earth. The hypothesis is that the web’s metabolic makeup will be impacted. The objective is to determine how spiders will adapt to life in microgravity.

From China, the Jingshan School, Beijing. Observe and experiment and characterise the effects of space flight on the development of silkworm eggs, larvae, pupae and adults during a 16-day space shuttle flight. Upon their return, the silkworms and the silk produced in space will be examined and compared to equivalent organisms and silk grown under identical environmental conditions on the ground.

In 2005, members of the Electro-Physics Branch at the Nasa Glenn Research Center and students from Hathaway Brown School conducted a four-year experiment on polymers and how well different polymers can withstand the harsh environment of space.

On a more scientific note, Nasa engineers are developing a space station experiment to help engineers design smoke detectors that are sensitive enough to catch fires early. The hypothesis is that smoke particles form differently in microgravity than they do on the ground. Fire in space can be devastating.

Bookers say the queer one will get it. Whatever that means. ;-)

Previous posts on the mission:

Flip-Flop-F**k: No Teh Tarik and Roti Canai In Space After AllMalaysia Space Centre: A White Elephant?

Malaysia Space Centre: A White Elephant?

Roti Canai, Teh Tarik, Batu Seremban, Gasing, Kain Batik

'Main Batu' Space Mission: Even Schoolkids Can Think Better Than Us?

The Angksawan™ Blog: 4 Months, 5 Posts, Something Very 'Angkasa' About This Blog

Malaysia's Microgravity Experiments in Space: Nothing Novel About It

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