Science Research on ISS Russian Segment

Implementation of the program of scientific experiments of a South-African cosmonaut

"PLANKTON-LINZA"-SA Experiment


"PLANKTON-LINZA"-SA experiment is included in the scientific program of South African cosmonaut Mark Shuttleworth and is a constituent part of the Russian Program for Implementation of Scientific and Technological Research Planned for the Fourth Manned Expedition ISS-4.

Objective:

  • obtaining experimental data characterizing the effects of atmospheric, hydrophysical and geological factors on biological productivity of oceanic waters surrounding the Republic of South Africa.
  • obtaining geological information needed for prediction and additional prospecting on the African territory.

Tasks:

  • search for biologically productive areas of the ocean, a study of underwater topography near African coast;
  • development of methods for digital photography of geological structures at low sun elevations over local horizon and different viewing angles;
  • a study of topography in the area of known mineral deposits in order to search for promising geological structures outside these deposits using the identified indicative signs.

Support Equipment:

  • Camera NIKON F5;
  • Dictaphone;
  • Camera NIKON DIX;
  • Digital camera Kodak ESC460c;
  • Camcorder DSR PD-1P.

Consumables:

  • Video cassettes;
  • 35-mm film;
  • Dictaphone cassettes;
  • CD disk;
  • PCMCIA cards;
  • Mini-DV video cassette.

Expected Results:

The results of a comprehensive processing of materials obtained during the mission, making use of archive space data and measurements from ships will allow to evaluate the role and scope of effects the atmospheric, hydrophysical and geological factors have on biological production processes in the waters of the oceans surrounding African coast.

ISS Crew


Hoshide  AkihikoHoshide
Akihiko



leg Novitskiy Novitskiy
leg



Petr Dubrov Dubrov
Petr



Mark Vande Hei Vande Hei
Mark



Robert Shane KIMBROUGH KIMBROUGH
Robert Shane



Megan McArthur McArthur
Megan



Thomas PESQUETPESQUET
Thomas