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Darkness Threatens Japanese Space Lab Science.. Please send us some lights! January 5, 2009

Posted by Dr. Z Bulbs in Uncategorized.
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Zoinks! Dr Z is here again. I just have to pass along this little bit of news! Seems some times people forget the importance of quality lighting.. Even if you are an astronaut! Looks like these guys in the International Space Station may be in the dark! Perhaps Dr. Z has a future as interplanetary lighting consultant?? zoinks!

“Darkness Threatens Japanese Space Lab Science
By Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides September 15, 2008 | 1:15:42 PMCategories: Space
Of the 21 fluorescent bulbs used in the Japanese Kibo ISS modules, almost half have already burned out.

The newest International Space Station modules were installed in March and June respectively and are now facing a new challenge– darkness.

Because other bulbs on the Space Station have also burned out there are no more spare bulbs on board. The bulbs were produced by a U.S. company in 1997. JAXA says that if more than half of the bulbs are affected it will be too dark in the experimental module to do scientific and other work in the lab.

A fluid dynamics experiment that U.S. astronauts are currently working on has not been affected by the outages.

Currently one of the four bulbs in the storage room and 11 of the 17 bulbs in the lab are still working. One JAXA manager is concerned that the vacuum inside of the bulbs has deteriorate since being on board the station.

JAXA is currently designing a new light-emitting diode (LED) lighting system that will not burn out, but they will not be able to get the system to the Space Station until after 2010.

Currently NASA is planning to bring bulbs to the Station on their November Space Shuttle flight and swap out six Kibo bulbs with new ones.

Number of burned out bulbs on Japanese space lab nears half [Mainichi Daily News]”



Beep Beep Moonunits!! Until next time…this is Dr Z

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Dr. Z




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