Would heat transfer be affected with
little or no gravity?
Experiment # 2: Heat Convection
In this experiment, we will observe which direction heat goes while in Space. Although heat on Earth typically moves upward, in Space this may be very different. So the experiment can help determine whether heat goes upward, downward, or sideways.
- In the ground data, the top sensor was about 8 degrees warmer than the bottom sensor. The top sensor was about 10 to 14 degrees warmer than the other sensors. This shows heat rises on Earth.
- In the flight data, the top sensor was about 1 degree warmer than the bottom sensor. The top sensor was about 4 to 6 degrees warmer than the other sensors. This suggests that heat does rise in Space, but doesn't rise at the same rate as on Earth.