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Things got heated on the International Space Station this week after the Multiscale Boiling experiment, known as Rubi, was successfully switched on.
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano installed the shoe box-sized container studying the boiling process in the Fluid Science Laboratory of the Columbus module after its arrival on a Dragon cargo resupply mission in August.
Experiment - Swing - Conditions
The experiment is now in full swing and generated its first bubble under controlled conditions.
While the bubbles form, a number of measurements are taken. The temperature sensor in the left of this image measures bubble temperature while a high-speed camera records how the bubbles behave and an infrared camera tracks the temperature of the heated region.
Scientists - Effect - Forces - Boiling - Process
Scientists will also observe and quantify the effect of external forces on the boiling process.
Rubi is equipped with an electrode to assess the effect of the electric...
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