In the experiment conducted onboard the International Space Station, JAXA operators used an electrostatic levitator to create and melt glass without any contact, preventing contamination from other materials. Photo: Wikimedia.

An international team of researchers has found that the next-generation optical device materials could be made in microgravity. The team’s research demonstrates that various kinds of glass, including those used in optical devices, could be manufactured in space with atomic structures identical to those produced on Earth.

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