First archaeological experiment in space

(ORDO NEWS) — The world’s first – and in the solar system – archaeological project kicked off this week on the International Space Station (ISS).

This project involves the archaeological study of space dwellings.

“For the first time, we will try to understand how people and the objects around them relate to each other in space,” said Professor Justin Walsh, one of the authors of the International Space Station Archaeological Project (ISSAP), from Chapman University in California, USA.

“Through the methods of archeology, we are trying to evaluate active human space exploration and show for the first time how people adapt their behavior to an environment that is completely new to them.”

The team’s first project, called the Sampling Quadrangle Assemblages Research Experiment, or SQuARE, uses a basic archaeologist’s tool to dig a square hole.

While on Earth, archaeologists are digging one meter square holes to understand the site and outline further exploration, the ISSAP project team will use duct tape to mark square zones on the ISS and then survey them daily to study according to the photographs the use of space.

The squares, which were marked out by astronaut Kayla Barron on Friday afternoon, have been marked in several astronaut work and leisure areas, including the kitchen, workstations, EXPRESS racks of science equipment, and a wall opposite the restroom.

As part of the experiment, the ISS team also chose one additional site on their own initiative, based on their own idea of ​​the prospects for such an archaeological study, and the last square was marked at one of the racks on the territory of the American Destiny module.


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