|Title:||Steering the Reddy shock tube in the direction of astrobiology research applications|
|Authors:||Eanna Cristin Doyle, Author|
|Material Type:||ISU Individual Project|
|Publisher:||Illkirch-Graffenstaden (France) : International Space University, 2022|
|Size:||1 electronic resource (44 p.) / col. ill.|
|Bibliography note:||Includes bibliographical references|
Since July 2017 the International Space University received the generous donation of a stainless-steel 1 meter, Reddy Shock Tube (RST) on the part of Professor K.P.J Reddy of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, India. Since previous work in 2018, no investigations have been carried out within the tube. The aim of this project is to steer the application of the RST towards space and particular astrobiology research by presenting possible exciting areas of study and innovative experiment designs to reinvigorate interest in the RST and to engage future students with the apparatus and its potential.
Novel experiment designs as proof of concept were successfully demonstrated. These were 1) Shock wave treated seed germination, 2) The assessment of shock wave subjected bacteria growth on agar mediums and 3) Extremophile survival to shock waves generated in the RST.
Experiments suggested for future work based on these designs and the literature review expands the scope of the RST to origin of life studies, prebiotic chemistry, impact events and panspermia regarding extremophile survival, including a workshop to be included as part of the MSS23 astrobiology curriculum.
|ISU program :||Master of Space Studies|
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