Plasma Research at the Limit: From the International Space Station to Applications on Earth(With DVD-ROM)

Plasma Research at the Limit: From the International Space Station to Applications on Earth(With DVD-ROM)

by GREGOR MORFILL (Author), Yuri Baturin (Author), Vladimir Fortov (Author)

This book looks behind the scenes at the Plasma Crystal laboratory on the International Space Station (ISS) to see how science and research is carried out on the first physical science laboratory in space. As well as the background story of the ISS and the many scientific discoveries that were made, it focuses on the ups and downs on the route to success, and the people involved: the scientists, engineers, agency representatives, and, especially, the experimenters in space — the cosmonauts.

Complex plasma research is the other focal point of the book, and this field of science is at the forefront of modern physics. The unexpected applications of the research ranging from plasma medicine and hygiene to agriculture are amongst the fastest growing and most promising areas of research and development.

This book is written in such a way that it can be read by anyone curious about space, the ISS, research in space, cosmonauts, scientific endeavours and new discoveries. A DVD containing personal footage of the cosmonauts' work — their training, the experiment and at leisure on the space station — is included to enhance and supplement the text.

Contents:
  • The Beginning
  • Background — The Years Before
  • The Dawn of the Space Age
  • Moscow — The First Meeting
  • Space — The Early Efforts
  • Space — Russia and Germany Join Hands
  • Expanding and Stabilising the Research
  • Twists and Turns of Events
  • Meeting and Training the Cosmonauts
  • Baikonur — The Russian Spaceport
  • Launch of PK-3
  • Korolev — The Forbidden City
  • PK-3Plus — How It Began
  • Some Science Results
  • Some More Science Results
  • Plasma Crystal — The Most Successful Space Station Experiment
  • Recollections from the Cosmonauts
  • The Future
  • Some Probing Questions
  • Applications
  • Final Remarks
  • Appendix 1: Pictures from Space and Earth
  • Appendix 2: The PKE-Nefedov Team
  • Appendix 3: List of Mir and ISS Plasma Crystal Missions

Readership: General public; this book can be read by anyone with an interest in space, the ISS, research in space, cosmonauts, scientific endeavors and new discoveries.

Book Details

Publication Date
June 28, 2013
Publisher
Page count
312
ISBN
9781908977274
Paper ISBN
9781908977243