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J Biotechnol. 1996 Jun 27;47(2-3):225-38.

The slow rotating centrifuge microscope NIZEMI--a versatile instrument for terrestrial hypergravity and space microgravity research in biology and materials science.

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  • 1German Space Agency DARA, Bonn, Germany.


NIZEMI (slow rotating centrifuge microscope) is a tool for optical investigations of small biological and non-biological specimens during variable accelerations. Two laboratory models for ground research designed for accelerations from 1 to 5 x g and 10 x g respectively are used for terrestrial research, especially in gravitational biology. A space facility was developed and built for the Spacelab mission IML-2 during which eight experiments were performed successfully. The specifications and topic design features of the NIZEMI models are presented in this paper.

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