June 6, 2011
Astronaut Donald A. Thomas, mission specialist, observes an experiment in the glovebox aboard the Spacelab Science Module in the mid deck of the Earth-orbiting Space Shuttle Columbia. Thomas is looking through an eye-piece of a camcorder and recording his observations on tape for post-flight analysis. Other cameras inside the glovebox are also recording other angles of the experiment or downlinking video to the experiment teams on the ground. The glovebox is thought of as a safety cabinet with closed front and negative pressure differential to prevent spillage and contamination and allow for manipulation of the experiment sample when its containment has to be opened for observation, microscopy and photography. Although not visible in this view, the glovebox is equipped with windows on top and each side for these observations.
Topics: Glovebox, Spacelab, laboratory equipment, mission specialist, Astronaut, Donald A. Thomas, Experiment, STS-50