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The Small Satellite That’s Paying Big Dividends Poster
ISS
Nov 16, 2020
Think of the International Space Station, and most likely you imagine an orbiting laboratory, where scientists observe how plants, materials, and humans react to microgravity conditions. But during the past decade, the station has also served a very different role - that of being a business... Read More
ISS
Jul 24, 2020
Those striving to develop their products and conduct research beyond Earth’s atmosphere are seeing their visions come to life through the International Space Station National Lab and partnerships with NASA. NASA, in turn, is gaining new resources to aid in its mission of exploration and discovery.... Read More
Earth, ISS
Apr 22, 2020
Earth’s climate is the product of many rich and complex systems. It’s affected by water in its many forms; on land, in the air, in the oceans, and as ice. It feels influences from vegetation, from soil conditions, from the carbon cycle, from human impacts. We study and observe our planet’s ever-... Read More
Keeping an Eye on Earth - Poster
Universe, ISS
Mar 10, 2020
Humans have observed many wonders across the cosmos. Yet, much of our universe is still shrouded in mystery. Among those mysteries is the formation of our universe, which should have resulted in a balance of matter and its corresponding counterpart, antimatter. Much of that matter is thought to... Read More
Finding the Invisible Poster
Universe, ISS
Nov 21, 2019
One of the largest human-made permanent magnets in space resides on the International Space Station (ISS), and it’s helping scientists better understand the origins of our universe. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) is an observatory that is collecting data from measurements of cosmic rays,... Read More
Unlocking the Origins of the Universe Poster
ISS
Jul 30, 2019
Most likely, you’re aware of 3D printing, which allows you to design and produce one-of-a-kind pieces for a variety of purposes. But what if you could use that same technology to manufacture biological materials, like new tissue or blood vessels? Welcome to the world of 3D biomanufacturing, a... Read More
Biomanufacturing Aboard the ISS Poster
ISS
Jun 11, 2019
As your dog drags you around the block for his morning walk, you’re probably not thinking about the wonders of the neighborhood sidewalk. But that concrete is pretty great. Next to water, it’s the most widely used material on Earth. In the future, concrete may be equally useful off the planet --... Read More
Cementing Our Place in Space Poster
Earth, ISS
Apr 30, 2019
The International Space Station (ISS) is sporting a new ‘light fixture.’ The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) will beam down laser light on Earth from the orbiting laboratory to reveal more about our environment and how it is changing.  
Shining Laser Light on Earth’s Forests Poster
ISS
Apr 18, 2019
The expression “chip off the old block” has taken on new meaning. Scientists are using cells and tissue from the human body to create living 3D versions of human organs within see-through structures. These innovative ‘tissue chips,’ about the size of a thumb-drive, hold great promise for improving... Read More
ISS
Apr 3, 2019
Centuries ago, large, wooden ships explored the seven seas. But often a ship that began its voyage with a crew of hundreds could return with tens. The silent killer? Scurvy, a disease that occurs when there’s a lack of Vitamin C in the diet. On the other extreme, explorers of the North and South... Read More
A Successful Mission Starts With Nutrition Poster
ISS, Sky Watching, Meteor Showers
Dec 13, 2018
On the night of December 13, into the morning of December 14, 2018, tune into the night sky for a dazzling display of fireballs. Thanks to the International Space Station, this sky show – the Geminids meteor shower -- will be viewed from both above and below.  
Enjoying the Geminids From Above and Below Poster
ISS
Nov 19, 2018
While 3D printers are technology that many people are familiar with, there’s one 250 miles above us on the International Space Station (ISS) that’s unlike anything currently found on Earth. It’s known as the Refabricator, a hybrid 3D printer that can recycle its hard, polymer plastic numerous times... Read More
The In-Space Refabricator Poster
Earth, ISS
Oct 5, 2018
Did you ever notice how the air can seem cooler when you enter a forest? Humans aren’t the only living things that sweat to cool off. When trees and plants “sweat,” they cool themselves andcan cool the surrounding air.Through a process called transpiration,water and nutrients are taken up by plant... Read More
Sweating Can Be Cool Poster
ISS
Oct 2, 2018
In August 1984, President Ronald Reagan announced NASA’s plan to send “one of America’s finest—a teacher” to space aboard space shuttle Challenger. Of 11,000 aspirants for the adventure, 37-year-old high school teacher Christa McAuliffe from Concord, New Hampshire, was chosen. As the first teacher... Read More
Reach For It Poster