By Tamara Dietrich, The Daily Press
January 8, 2014
When a liquid-fueled rocket vaults into space, there’s a whole lot of sloshing going on inside those fuel tanks.
A better understanding of how that liquid behaves in zero gravity could help engineers build a better, safer rocket — one that could enable humans to explore asteroids, Mars, the moons of outer planets and, eventually, even deeper into space.
Now NASA expects that one of the many science experiments aboard the Cygnus commercial space freighter set to launch Wednesday from Wallops Island to the International Space Station will help toward that goal.