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Find out about educational space research opportunities with NanoRacks. Customers’ experiments are performed in CubeSats deployed into low earth orbit and in internal NanoLab modules on the International Space Station. Experiments range from core STEM research including studies in microgravity particle evolution and battery testing to seed germination and vermicomposting.

Ferrofluid Effects

Studying the effects of a variable magnetic field on Ferrofluids in microgravity. Ferrofluids are colloidal liquids made of nanoscale ferromagnetic, or ferrimagnetic, particles suspended in an organic solvent.

Customer Name: Valley Christian Schools
Research: Ferrofluid Effects in Microgravity
NanoRacks Facility: NanoLab Platform
Mission Duration: 03 2012 – 03 2012
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Valley Christian Schools electroplating experiment examines the effects of electro-plating of gold and bronze in microgravity aboard the ISS and compares the results of identical electro-plating on Earth.

Customer Name: Valley Christian Schools
Research: Electroplating
NanoRacks Facility: NanoLab Platform
Mission Duration: 03/2012 – 03/2012
Mission Status: Complete
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Studying the effects of microgravity on remotely controlled robot control mechanisms and mechanical devices to determine the feasibility of using robots to complete tasks in a microgravity environment, where the only force to overcome is friction.

Customer Name: Fremont Christian High School
Research: Micro Robotics
NanoRacks Facility: NanoLab Platform
Mission Duration: 03/2013 -…

Zeolite Crystal Growth

Zeolite Crystal Growth is a university investigation on the International Space Station (ISS) using 24 liquid mixing tube assemblies that function similar to commercial “glow sticks”. The experiment is later returned to Earth.

Customer Name: Ohio State University
Research: Zeolite Crystal Growth
NanoRacks Facility: MixStix
Mission Duration: 01 2011 – 03 2012
Mission Status: Complete

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