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The Science Brief

One of the greatest attractions of space for scientists is that it is a completely different environment in which to work: microgravity has massive potential for researching new and innovative processes, and research in space allows one far greater latitude for avoiding earth-bound contraints.

The serendipitous truth is that it is precisely these unusual conditions pose so many problems for anyone doing science in space. In order to accomodate both the need for real science and the rigours of spaceflight, the team put together a resource detailing equipment and other considerations.

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The invitation originally sent out by the team includes information on what restrictions would be placed on the cost of the projects and the ownership of the rights to any results obtained.
Working in space has serious restrictions on what kinds of equipment and experiments are possible. Not only considering the massive cost of launching each kilogram of equipment, the rigours those undergo are extreme.
The International Space Station was designed specifically to perform a number of vital scientific functions. First amongst these is the very science of building and manning an orbital station, but other science is practised. This means that a fair amount of equipment is already availalbe for use in experiments.
One of the most fascinating aspects of science in space is that organisms must function in an environment where a number of basic "design assumptions" fall flat - with no gravity to affect their development, how do seeds develop? How does the pumping of the human heart interact with this environment? Biotechnology provides a plethora of avenues for fruitful research.

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The Team
Mark Shuttleworth
Dale Cupido
Karen Sharwood
Lara Keytel
Danie Barry
Freddy Khan
Vaughan Oosthuizen
Ravi Naidoo
Vuyo Dwane
Richard Mills
Nicolette Cronje
Wayne Derman
Peter Ribton
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