King Abdulaziz and his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity, known as “Mawhiba,” is sharing the scientific experiments conducted by Saudi astronauts Rayyanah Barnawi and Ali Al-Qarni at the International Space Station (ISS) with its students in a three-day Question and Answer session.
These educational sessions, organized in strategic partnership with the Saudi Space Commission, are part of the “microgravity environment” initiative, aimed at enhancing students’ cognitive awareness of space sciences and technologies. A total of 9,000 students from around the world are participating in training courses and scientific sessions as part of the “microgravity environment” experiment. They will communicate with the Saudi astronauts at the ISS, gaining first-hand knowledge about the station and space technologies.
The astronauts will answer questions and conduct three scientific experiments over three days. The first experiment focused on the dispersion of liquid colours. The astronauts used multiple viscous materials to compare shapes and visual speed in space. On Sunday, the second experiment will focus on the space kite and determine the effects of microgravity. Finally, on Monday, the third experiment will examine patterns of heat transfer on Earth compared to space, allowing students to discover the temporal variation in heat transfer and its patterns in space.
In addition to these educational activities, the astronauts will conduct 14 experiments during their current mission at the ISS, including research in biomedicine and physics.
The current mission to ISS is part of the Saudi Space Commission’s astronaut program, launched in September 2022 to train Saudi personnel to conduct scientific experiments and research for the betterment of humanity in priority areas such as health, sustainability and space technology.
Source: Saudi Press Agency