Nickelodeon’s green ooze will soon slime its direction onto the International Space Station.
In the name of STEM education, the kids’ broadcasting network is propelling a publicity campaign that incorporates placing a package of ooze in a SpaceX Dragon capsule and flying it to the orbiting laboratory this week.
The launch, which will incorporate 5,500 pounds of different trials, supplies and nourishment for the six space travelers on board the ISS, is scheduled for 6:01 pm ET Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It was ready to lift off Wednesday evening yet was scrubbed in the last seconds in view of stormy climate.
The slime became well known for drenching unwitting competitors during Nickelodeon game shows, for example, “Double Dare” during the 1990s. The network says it’s sending slime to the space station for educational purposes — and to spread the fun for a new generation.
“We’re going to slime a couple of astronauts and put it through a couple demonstrations,” said Andrew Machles, a vice president of public affairs at Viacom, which owns Nickelodeon.
He said the space explorers will capture video of how the ooze moves in microgravity, and the material will be utilized to build up a curriculum for youthful students that could take off when September, Machles disclosed to CNN Business.
Researchers have long realized how water carries on in space: It forms hovering blobs that can be slurped up with a straw mid-air. Be that as it may, it’s not entirely clear how the slime will act. It’s not in any case clear what it’s made of — Nickelodeon says the ingredients are a firmly held mystery.
Machles declined to remark on the monetary terms of its ISS experiment.
Joining Nicklodeon’s ooze on board SpaceX’s resupply will be an Adidas soccer ball.
“Observing and measuring the motion of soccer balls in microgravity improves understanding of the general behavior of free-flying objects,” NASA said in its description of the payload. “This could contribute to better design and use of free-flying objects such as small robots in spacecraft.”
Adida (ADDDF)did not react to requests for comment about its experiment. CASIS, the group that works with NASA to accumulate inquire about payloads for the space station, declined to remark on the financial terms of that deal.
Additionally flying to the space station: the first-ever bioprinter, which could utilize an individual’s cells to “print” them new organs.
SpaceX, Elon Musk’s rocket venture, routinely launches cargo missions to the space station in the interest of NASA. Wednesday’s resupply outing will mark the 18th such mission for the organization, and it will be the third time this specific SpaceX Dragon capsule has traveled to space and back. It was previously flown on missions in 2015 and 2017.
In the event that all goes well with launch, the Dragon spacecraft will connection up with the ISS on Friday. It’ll leave the space station in around about a month, carrying home around 3,300 pounds of trash and research materials.