June 6, 2011
Astronaut Kent V. Rominger, pilot, checks on the Solid Surface Combustion Experiment (SSCE) on the mid-deck of the Space Shuttle Discovery. The experiment, which occupies the space of four lockers, consists of a Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA) fuel sample internally mounted in the center of a pressurized chamber. Two windows orthogonal to each other in the chamber wall allow viewing by a 16mm camera of the side edge and top of the PMMA sample.
Topics: Materials science, Optical materials, Chemistry, Astronaut, Methyl methacrylate, Kent Rominger, Poly, Thermoplastics, Space Shuttle, plastics