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Aug 9, 2021
In space, weight matters. So do size and energy efficiency. Which is why scientists will be conducting a series of experiments to see if they can reduce the size and weight of the temperature control systems that will be needed to support space travel to the Moon, Mars and beyond.
A metal mechanical box, with the sides open sits flat on a table, as two individuals - wearing gloves, lab coats and hair masks - examine the interior of the box.
Aug 5, 2021
A lot of power means a lot of heat. NASA’s future missions to explore the Moon and Mars will require enormous amounts of electrical power and hardware to support astronauts and drive new technologies. This increase in power, however, also increases the amount of heat generated—and then that heat... Read More
Photo of four researchers around a metal box in a research lab
Jul 20, 2021
Loss of muscle mass and strength in astronauts remains an issue for space exploration. A NASA-funded research team has developed a new device called the NemaFlex chip to measure muscle strength over multiple generations of worms born and raised on the International Space Station (ISS).
Group photo of 6 research scientists in blue and white lab gear holding lab equipment.
Jun 16, 2021
NASA’s Physical Sciences Research Program selected five ground-based proposals in response to the research announcement “Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System – Appendix G.” These five research projects, involving recognized experts in the fields of combustion science, complex fluids... Read More
Photo of male astronaut wearing green latex gloves and handling an experiment underneath a clear plastic tent.
Jun 3, 2021
The tardigrade, a microscopic animal able to survive in some of the most extreme environments, is being studied aboard the International Space Station to understand how it tolerates prolonged spaceflight and how that knowledge can be used to better protect humans in space.
Jun 2, 2021
When the Falcon 9 rocket launches on June 3, it will be carrying thousands of pounds of cargo to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX’s 22nd commercial resupply services mission. Yet the last five items to be loaded will weigh less than an ounce. These include two plant and two animal... Read More
A semi-transparent image of a tardigrade against a black background. The tardigrade is plump, with four pairs of legs. The head end is at the right. Colors are used to identify the tardigrade’s internal systems.
May 28, 2021
NASA has selected two flight proposals to conduct experiments on the International Space Station (ISS) using a new flow boiling module for the Flow Boiling and Condensation Experiment (FBCE) in support of in-space cryogenic propellant tank transfer research.
Photo of 2 spacecraft in orbit against a dark atmosphere with the moon in the background
May 27, 2021
North Carolina State University’s Dr. Marcela Rojas-Pierce is working with NASA to conduct an experiment called Biological Research In Canisters-24, or BRIC-24, which focuses on a specific area of plant research: vacuoles.
May 19, 2021
Scientists from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, completed two parabolic flights April 28 and 29 to test modifications to a payload called the ring-sheared drop.
May 17, 2021
E.10 Lunar Explorer Instrument for Space Biology Applications (