Thursday, April 28, 2011

Fire in space



"When you mention burning hydrogen, many people think of the nearly invisible rocket exhaust from the Space Shuttle's three main engines. The last thing you would expect is that a burning droplet of alcohol would produce enough water to put itself out. Or that a fireball the size of a pinhead would linger for eight minutes.

These are some of the results coming out of experiments with fires so small that sometimes they barely exist. From these results, scientists hope to develop a better understanding of the countless fires - in internal combustion engines - that we use to run modern society."

Fireballs in space

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