Microgravity experiment to understand Earth materials
The Mechanics of Granular Materials (MGM) project studied how cohesionless granular materials, like sand, deform under pressure. The microgravity environment of the space shuttle provided a laboratory for testing these materials under low-stress conditions, and may help us better understand how to work with sand and soil on Earth and, one day, on the Moon.
Primary Mission Site:
Launch Date: September 16th, 1996 (MGMI); January 22nd, 1998 (MGMII); January 16th, 2003 (MGMIII)
Prime mission: 3 separate flights over 6 years
Lead Institutions: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and LASP
Partners: Louisiana State University-Southern University