The Science Program
Right next to where Mark bears the South African flag, is a badge reading
"Cosmonaut". This means that Mark will be doing the one thing which space was
always meant to promote: real research with applications back here on Terra Firma.
As part of the preparation for this process is one of finding out from South African scientists
which experiments would bring the nation's researchers most value, while still being
possible within the restrictions of space.
Applications for projects have now closed, but this information will stay online
as both historial and scientific reference.
Four experiments have been selected by the panel of high-profile international scientists and luminaries
to enter the final round of negotiations. All the planning for those experiments is available here,
as will the results be once the entire process is complete.
|The Original Brief prepared by the First African in Space team. This includes
both the invitation for proposals, as well as a set of guides to what it takes to both
run an experiment in space and move it there and back.
|In order to provide some kind of context for those experiments, and to give more concrete information
about what is and is not readily available for use by the cosmonauts, the Russian team working with Mark
provided 4 "examples" of what could possible be done.