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Astronauts test Axium mission to build telescope with liquid mirror

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While Astronauts carry out the pioneering mission of the Axiom Space on the International Space Station, one of their most interesting experiments is examining the possibility of building a telescope with a liquid mirror. Among the tests performed by the Ax-1's fully private mission crew during their one-week stay on the International Space Station is one that could help NASA build larger space telescopes than ever before.

  • Experiments performed on the first completely private mission to the space station

"Fluidic telescope Experiment" or "FLUET" is a program designed to study the use of liquids to make telescope lenses that can be formed after launch into space.

If the ability of this method is proven, space telescopes can be very They are larger than what is currently possible, which is a great option for astronomers. Because the bigger the telescope, the more powerful it can be.

Ax-1's mission, carried out by Axiom Space, has taken four passengers to the International Space Station. There, expert Eytan Stibbe conducted a test mission that demonstrated the technology. He creates a lens of liquid polymer and tests it with ultraviolet light or temperature. It's very different, but the process is somewhat similar to making acrylic nails in beauty salons. "It's important to use microscopes to help shape the lens," said Edward Balaban, lead researcher on the flute project at NASA's Ames Research Center. "It's useful for making lenses and mirrors, so if we can make them in space, they can be used to make telescopes that are significantly larger than previously thought."

And in fact, This method of using liquid can be even easier than current lens manufacturing processes. "This method allows us to go through any mechanical process, such as grinding or polishing," said Moran Bercovici, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the Technion Institute of Technology. "Fluid natural physics simply does everything for us." Showed closer to home. First in microgranes simulated in water on land and then in the ZeroG experiment with a parabolic path that is simulated in special flights for periods of 15 to 20 seconds.

Berkovichi said: "Certainly in a few Seconds we were able to make a stand-alone liquid lens, until the plane moved up again, gravity acted and the oils spilled out. "Our test at the space station will have an additional stage for fluid retention for the lens to retain its shape." April (April 19), had reached the International Space Station. According to Balaban, "If our experiment at the station is successful, it will be the first time an optical component has been made in space, and it will be a kind of history-maker." In space
Credit: Studio Ella Maru

Source: Space

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