OSOS schools from Greece send olive oil to space

How will Greek olive oil behave under microgravity conditions? Students from OSOS schools sealed their experiment within the capsule carried by the groundbreaking Blue Origin’s New Shepard reusable rocket where it was tested at an altitude of 100 km.

Blue Origin’s space flight tests for the first time the internationally known Kalamata olives, olive oil, figs and raisins in their natural forms. The purpose of the experiment that was designed and implemented by students, is to test the effects on the products once they travel into orbit.

There are two components to the experiment, first, to observe the behavior of olive oil and specifically to examine if olive oil will maintain its liquid shape once it has left the earth. We know that water does not maintain its liquid form in space, and it will be interesting to see how olive oil behaves. And second, the behavior of yeast bacteria growth in space, bread making ability in space

Although the products remain in space for about seven or eight minutes only, that is enough time to get a first reading of how they will react. The advance properties of these foods are further developed for space usage by developing “food supplements that for the first time will have taste”. Up to now, food supplements used in space are tasteless.

The outcome motivates children to improve their grades in STEM, science technology, engineering and mathematics. If the experiment goes well the Messinian products that are the base of the Mediterranean diet will be the food for the astronauts as well of the passengers of commercial space flights for many years to come. Students and teachers from the Bougas Private Schools collaborated with their peers in Ellinogermaniki Agogi and its Research and Development Department throughout the project.

The rocket was successfully launched on May 2, from Blue Origin’s West Texas Facility and the launch was broadcasted live. This payload flew on-board Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle. The New Shepard vertical takeoff and vertical landing vehicle is capable of carrying hundreds of pounds of payloads per flight and will ultimately carry up to six astronauts to altitudes beyond 100 kilometers, also known as the Karman Line, the internationally-recognized boundary of space. You can watch the Blue Origin NS-11: New Shepard launch & landing:


The investigating team was thrilled to watch the rocket launch and is looking forward to proceeding to the next phase of their experiment. The container of the experiment will be returned to Greece a few days after its successful landing so that the students can process and analyze the collected data.

Stay tuned for more information.

More information about the school project "Olive Oil Experiment in microgravity with Blue Origin Rocket" is available here: https://portal.opendiscoveryspace.eu/en/osos-project/olive-oil-experiment-microgravity-blue-origin-rocket-853971




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