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Foams are ubiquitous in our daily lives: they are used to produce food, detergents and plastics. Foams are inherently unstable in gravity, because the liquid between the bubbles is pulled downwards bursting the bubbles in the process. Experiments on the International Space Station have shown that foams are more stable in microgravity because they remain wet. It has even been possible to make foams from pure water.

Foam research in microgravity allows researchers to better understand the processes and calculate models in the most optimal conditions. This is leading to better production and assembly of products containing foams as well as more effective foam-suppression agents.

Many industrial applications benefit from foam research and development in space: cleaning products, cosmetics, fire-fighting and medicines are just some examples. The quality, texture, taste and shelf-life of food and beverages can be enhanced – from the supermarket to the consumers’ fridge.

“It is a game change for our business” says Cécile Gehin-Delval, from Nestlé Research Laboratories in Orbe, Switzerland.

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15 Comments

  1. It's nice to watch a video again which shows us why space exploration or overall science in space and microgravity is beneficial to humanity. I just love science, its results and accomplishments are so fascinating … We need more of this ESA!

  2. These experiments will help make super forming fire extinguishers solely designed for the use in space and, to be honest, we need to understand as much as possible before living in space.

  3. When we open the bottle cap ( softdrinks) in space after shaking it well … that scene will be unbelievable in microgravity 😍😍i wish to see that #ESA (NICE CONTENT LOVE IT)👌🏻

  4. E deu-se o facto extraordinário da comparação das espumas…Para os cientistas fica o borbulhar de emoções na descoberta para várias áreas… O que advir deste labor não mais será apagado assim!! Como a espuma se pode transformar num tesouro de argumentos! A ideia mais simples pode tornar-se um labirinto espumoso!!
    Entre o ponto terrestre e espacial?? vendo as bolhas esparsas…etéreas transfugas de gravidade e o inverso!! Boa sorte neste projecto científico …e que se faça a festa da espuma no borbulhar do champanhe!! Interessante mesmo…

  5. "It is a game change for our business" says Cécile Gehin-Delval, from Natsé Research Laboratories in Orbe, Switzerland, "We can use third world babies to study the effects of pushing humans out through the air-lock, and the foaming of their blood and rupturing cells. It's quite exiting and beautiful. We also hope to achieve an intentional, indirect death rate similar to that of the 1990's, during the baby-formula genocides. It's our commitment to bring eugenics to the forefront of space research."

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