Fire on the space station! Astronauts preparing ongoing combustion research.

Similar to the 1981 prehistoric fantasy cult film, NASA is on its own “Quest for Fire” to better understand how flames work in space.

The agency lit about 1,500 flames in six investigations aboard the International Space Station as part of the long-running Advanced Combustion via Microgravity Experiments, or ACME, project. The aim of the project, which began in 2017, utilized the microgravity environment to better understand the physics, structure and behavior of flames.

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