Thursday, June 11, 2009
IRIS: Image Reversal in Space
Stowed upon Space Shuttle Endeavor is one of many experiments that I actually had some part in.
While I was in Barcelona, Spain last summer attending the International Space University, we worked with Canadian Space Agency, Astronaut Robert Thirsk (far left in the photo) on an experiment that will be taken up to the International Space Station by the crew of Space Shuttle Endeavor. Dr. Thirsk already made it to the ISS on a Soyuz late last month along with ESA Astronaut Franke De Winne and Cosmonaut Roman Romanenko. They are part of the ISS Expedition 20/21.
The experiment is called IRIS, which stands for Image Reversal In Space, and is an educational payload that was designed, tested, implemented, and analyzed entirely by students of the International Space University. IRIS will investigate whether the perception of three-dimensional ambiguous figures is affected when the observer is in a reduced gravity environment.
If you’ve ever wondered what experiments the astronauts will do once they dock to the ISS or what they’re taking up there…you definitely have to check out the STS-127 press kit. http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/358018main_sts127_press_kit.pdf. IRIS is mentioned on page 92 of .pdf file.
Only 2 days til launch and now there is only a 10% chance of weather prohibiting launch!!!