Abstract

Spacelab 3 provided the platform for the first extensive application of holography in space. Holograms of excellent quality were recorded during the flight, providing information on the solution growth of triglycine sulfate crystals under microgravity conditions. The suppression of convection and the development of a symmetric concentration-depletion region around each crystal were clearly shown. Crystal growth was governed by diffusion mass transport across the depletion region. The successful performance of the holographic unit has prompted NASA to schedule a slightly modified version for reflight on IML-1; opportunities now exist for other investigators to use this facility.

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