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Electromagnetic Levitator turns ten

Written by  Friday, 17 May 2024 07:30
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Electromagnetic Levitator

This summer marks the ten-year anniversary of the electromagnetic levitation facility on the International Space Station.

 “Being a materials scientist myself, the wonderful Electromagnetic Levitator was very close to my heart. When a gas circulation pump needed to be replaced during my Cosmic Kiss mission, I happily took on the task to keep this excellent facility running,” shares ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer.

EML has already been in use for a decade and was designed to work for several more years. In the last decades, over 700 publications have resulted from the experiment and its heritage, with a large majority appearing in top materials science journals.

The experiment has enhanced scientists’ understanding of a large variety of materials, from aluminium and steel for construction purposes, and semiconductors crucial for modern electronics, to high-performance materials designed to endure extreme conditions, such as turbine engines and titanium alloy hip replacements.

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