It is not always necessary to travel to space to visit a planet. The zero-gravity conditions of space allow for experiments that would not be possible on Earth. The insights gained from these tests can help us improve not only what we do in space, but also how countless operations are performed on Earth.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) attempted to adapt glass-making methods in space on Monday (July 5). They even employed Artificial Intelligence.
According to NASA, this study could “help countless companies based on Earth and in space.”
“NASA Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren set up the hardware for the Intelligent Glass Optics experiment for operations inside the Microgravity Science Glovebox on Tuesday afternoon. Research observations can advance professions such as communications, aerospace, medicine and astronomy,” said NASA.
“(NASA astronaut) Jessica Watkins began her day by partnering with NASA flight engineer Bob Hines for an investigation that explores how weightlessness affects deft handling. The pair took turns sitting on a single device inside the Columbus lab module to help scientists understand how astronauts hold and manipulate objects in space. Insights can inform the design of intelligent spacecraft interfaces and provide a deeper understanding of the human nervous system,” said NASA.
In addition to the AI experiment, the astronauts studied bone loss caused by space. Due to being in zero gravity for long periods of time, astronauts experience bone loss.
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