Reference numberDEJ/2/2
TitleChemical garden and D2 shuttle mission
Date1958 - 1998
DescriptionMaterial related to David Jones's experiment to grow a chemical garden in microgravity on board the D2 shuttle mission.
Extent3 boxes
ArrangementArranged into seven files: Correspondence with Ulrich Walter [astronaut on board the D2 shuttle], Correspondence relating to David Jones' articles 'The Silicate Garden Reaction in Microgravity: A Fluid Interfacial Instability' and 'Gardening in Space', Technical data and drawings relating to the chemical garden and D2 shuttle mission, Research material on the chemical garden and D2 shuttle mission, Teaching material on the chemical garden and D2 shuttle mission, Paper drafts relating to the chemical garden and D2 shuttle mission, and Photographic material held relating to the chemical garden and D2 shuttle mission
Access statusOpen
Administrative historyIn 1988 Jones began corresponding with Ulrich Walter, a German astronaut in training for the D2 shuttle mission. Walter divulged that the mission still had room for a few 'pocket experiments' - experiments that could be tried in spare moments. He agreed to put forth Jones' proposed experiment, to investigate whether a chemical garden can develop in space, to the D2 scientific committee. The proposal was accepted. The D2 mission took off on April 26 1993.
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