Tribology experiment from the first Spacelab mission
Two flown tribology experiment drawers used on the first Spacelab mission, STS-9, contained within two large white wooden crates. One is marked on the front, "Tribology Experiment Operations Drawer," measuring approximately 19 x 10.5 x 23, with a "Camera Cover" on the front and a "Low G Monitor" with switches and a digital display on top; the reverse bears a George C. Marshall Space Flight Center tag, reading: "Tribology Exp. Operations Dwr., Assy No. 5066011, Contr. No. NAS8-33422, Serial No. 001, Mfd by SCI Systems." The second unit, marked "Tribology Experiment Storage Drawer," has areas marked "Film Storage," "FWS Specimen Storage," and "Mirror Assembly Storage"; the reverse bears a George C. Marshall Space Flight Center tag, reading: "Tribology Exp. Storage Dwr., Assy No. 5066007, Contr. No. NAS8-33422, Serial No. 001, Mfd by SCI Systems." Included are several parts tags associated with the drawers and their rails, and stamped "Flown on STS 09 SL 01." The storage drawer has two white stowage inserts inside, as well as a packet of flown screws. In overall very good to fine condition. A report by NASA detailing these experiments, entitled 'Tribology Experiment in Zero Gravity,' was released in 2015. The abstract states that a 'tribology experiment in zero gravity was performed during the orbital flight of Spacelab 1 to study the motion of liquid lubricants over solid surfaces,' and describes the two experimental configurations.
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