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Successful first flight of the DLR Mapheus research rocket
On Friday 22 May 2009 at 12:32, the Mapheus research rocket of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) lifted off from the Esrange launch facility near Kiruna in northern Sweden. Mapheus is an acronym for Materialphysikalische Experimente unter Schwerelosigkeit – Materials Physics Experiments under Weightlessness. Scientists from the DLR Institute of Materials Physics in Space, located in Cologne, used this flight to investigate how liquids behave in conditions of weightlessness.
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Last update: 04/06/2009 10:41:19