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ESA Preparing Next Foton Mission

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Mar 1, 2007 10:04 pm
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Today scientist from all over Europe met in ESA’s new microgravity science laboratory in order to check out procedures and experiments in the next days for ESA’s next Foton microgravity mission.

The Foton capsule is an uncrewed reentry-capable capsule derived from the Zond reconnaisance design. Currently it is planned to launch Foton M3 on September 17, 2007 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. It will orbit the earth for nearly two weeks and provide a microgravity environment for 35 European experiments.

To pratice the time-critical handling of the experiments and samples before launch, the scientist will train and fine-tune these procedures in the coming days. Especially biological samples will have to follow a very narrow time table in September.

This Foton mission will be the 15th for ESA. The long and successful usage of the Foton capsule started in 1991 with Foton-7.

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