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An Intersection of Art and Science on the Station Poster
ISS
Jul 16, 2018
Large and powerful telescopes have delivered stunning images of our Galaxy and the universe. A little closer to home, my colleagues have taken some equally stunning photographs of our own planet from the International Space Station.
ISS
May 16, 2018
NASA researchers are creating a spot colder than the vacuum of space inside the International Space Station. In 2018, a new atomic refrigerator will blast off for the space station. It’s called the Cold Atom Lab (CAL), and it can refrigerate matter to one ten billionth of a degree above... Read More
Cool Science on the International Space Station Poster
ISS
Apr 3, 2018
When NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren blasted off from Kazakhstan in July of 2015 for his first expedition aboard the International Space Station, he had some lofty expectations: “I was eager to see Earth from space,” he says. “And I couldn’t wait to float in microgravity,” he recalls. And … he... Read More
The Sweet Smell of Life Support Poster
ISS
Mar 13, 2018
If you wanted to reduce the amount of pollution humans produce, where might you look? Here? Yep. Here? Sure. Here? Wait, what? That’s exactly where scientists and researchers are looking: about 250 miles above Earth, on the International Space Station (ISS). Here, astronauts are working on a... Read More
The Power of Studying Combustion on the ISS Poster
ISS
Dec 4, 2017
Every now and then when the sun sets, a bright light appears on the western horizon. Gliding silently overhead, it is the biggest spacecraft ever built by humankind, the International Space Station (ISS), carrying a precious cargo of astronauts around Earth.   But the ISS is more than just a... Read More
An Out of This World Research Lab Poster
ISS
Oct 10, 2017
In 2015, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Andreas Mogensen was onboard the International Space Station (ISS), photographing the tops of thunderstorms from Earth orbit.  And he saw something very interesting indeed. Blue jets.  
A Display of Lights Above the Storm Poster
Universe, ISS
Aug 11, 2017
A new experiment set for an Aug. 14 launch to the International Space Station will provide an unprecedented look at a rain of particles from deep space, called cosmic rays, that constantly showers our planet.
From its new vantage point on the International Space Station's Japanese Experiment Module - Exposed Facility, the Cosmic Ray Energetics and Mass (ISS-CREAM) mission, shown in the inset illustration, will study cosmic rays to determine their sources and acceleration mechanisms.
Universe, ISS
Aug 11, 2017
Hold out your hand for 10 seconds. A dozen electrons and muons just zipped unfelt through your palm. The ghostly particles are what scientists call "secondary cosmic rays" -- subatomic debris from collisions between molecules high in Earth's atmosphere and high-energy cosmic rays from outer space... Read More
The Mystery of High-Energy Cosmic Rays Poster
ISS
Jun 19, 2017
Roman Statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero said, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” Humans attempting someday to make Mars their home may well share the sentiments expressed by the orator from ancient Rome. As for the library – books can now be stored digitally. But how... Read More
Space Gardening Poster
ISS
May 31, 2017
Getting sick when you’re far from home is a drag. You’d give anything to crawl into your own soft bed and sleep, but you’re stuck in a cookie-cutter hotel room feeling like a sick fish out of water. Well, it could be worse. You could be an astronaut on the way to Mars -- a really long way from mom... Read More
Your Immune System... In Space Poster
Earth, ISS
Mar 7, 2017
About 30 years ago, researchers announced that ozone concentrations high in the atmosphere over the South Pole had hit an all-time low. This critical layer of the atmosphere that shields us from the Sun’s harmful UV rays had a ‘hole’ in it. And that hole was rapidly expanding. This discovery led to... Read More
Earth Observation from the Station Poster
ISS
Dec 13, 2016
Crewmembers on the International Space Station (ISS) can experience sunrises and sunsets in rapid succession -- about 16 “sunsets” per day because the space station circles Earth once every 90 minutes.
The Power of Light Poster 2
ISS
Aug 29, 2016
Ever since the first strands of DNA were sequenced in the 1970s, researchers understood the profound significance of analyzing genetics for a wide range of medical and biological research.
Earth, ISS
Jul 28, 2016
Summer can bring with it a whirlwind of activity. Hurricane season causes potential havoc on land with threats of forceful winds and torrential rainfall. A helpful set of eyes mounted on the International Space Station (ISS) allows scientists to observe these massive storms from a special angle --... Read More
Global Wind Measurements Poster 2
ISS
May 27, 2016
It has been known for some time that time in space affects astronauts’ vision. Post-flight vision changes have been reported by many astronauts after they spend time on the International Space Station. Many, but not all. But why are only certain people affected by spaceflight in this manner?’  
One Carbon Metabolism Poster 2