Sensing Temperatures In Space (STS)

Sensing Temperatures in Space

Welcome to STS, our newest Orion’s Quest mission supporting the research of *Dr. Firouzeh Sabri at the University of Memphis which will be conducted aboard the International Space Station in 2021.

The study seeks to investigate the effects of extreme temperature and radiation on “phosphor composites” in the harsh environment of space.  Phosphor composites are used by scientists and engineers to measure the temperatures of materials that are crucial to space exploration.

Exploring and understanding how materials change when they are exposed to the conditions outside of our atmosphere helps us fine-tune our fundamental understanding of physical and chemical properties of materials, while also assisting us with designing materials of the future.

Once this experiment is installed on the ISS in early 2021 data will be downlinked to Dr. Sabri and made available to Orion’s Quest.  At that time the new STS student mission will be announced and made available for teachers to enroll classes.  Participating students will actively engage in authentic space-based research currently being conducted aboard the International Space Station as they follow the work of Dr. Sabri from pre-launch through recovery and research analysis.

*Sponsored by the International Space Station National Laboratory.

Dr. Sabri is committed to helping students become interested in and excited about what is happening at NASA and what can be learned from space-based research.  To support this effort, she and her team are creating a series of video interviews with NASA scientists and engineers, university professors and other experts.  Each video focuses on a specific topic with a presentation by the speaker and a follow up Q&A with questions from students.  New videos will continue to be added as they are developed.

Alpha Space

Flight Integration Partner – Alpha Space.   

Scientists conducting experiments in space need the help of engineers and others to design and build the hardware and coordinate with NASA to deliver and install the experiment on the ISS.  Alpha Space in Houston, Texas is the company responsible for the flight integration of Dr. Sabri’s experiment.  You can learn more about Alpha Space and the MISSE (Materials International Space Station Experiment) unit that will be home to this experiment while in space by clicking on the link below.

Video # 1 Speaker: Dawn Stanley, Deputy Director for Cross Program Integration, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.  Topic: The NASA Artemis Program

 Video # 2 Speakers: Dr. Francisco Muller Sanchez and Dr. Gustav Borstad of the University of Memphis.  Topic: Black Holes

Video # 3 Speaker: Dr. Jill Williamson, Aerospace Engineer, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Topic: On-orbit Urine Processor Assembly (UPA)