Photo: Inside the Burning and Suppression of Solids (BASS) Experiment

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Burning and Suppression of Solids

This is one of a series of close-up images photographed during a run of the Burning and Suppression of Solids (BASS) experiment onboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station.

Following a series of preparations, on April 5 NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy (out of frame) conducted several runs of the experiment, which examines the burning and extinction characteristics of a wide variety of fuel samples in microgravity. The experiment is planned for guiding strategies for extinguishing fires in microgravity.

BASS results contribute to the combustion computational models used in the design of fire detection and suppression systems in microgravity and on Earth. ISS035-E-015952 (10 April 2013) - high res (0.5 M) low res (27 K)

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