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May 7, 2002

Ann Hutchison

Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Phone: 650/604-3039 or 604-9000

ahutchison@mail.arc.nasa.gov



RELEASE: 02-56AR

NOTE TO EDITORS: News media and the public are invited to a talk about NASA’s life sciences research and the International Space Station on May 11 at 2 p.m. at The Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 S. Market Street, San Jose, Calif. Admission to the talk, which will be in the museum’s Center for Learning, is free with a paid admission to The Tech.

NASA AMES SCIENTIST TO DISCUSS SPACE STATION RESEARCH

Bonnie Dalton, acting director of the Life Sciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center, will discuss the International Space Station and NASA’s life sciences research in space at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, Calif. The talk will be Saturday, May 11, at 2 p.m. in the museum’s Center for Learning.

In her presentation, titled "Space Station — Past, Present, Future," Dalton will talk about the early stages of the International Space Station (ISS), with particular focus on the science activities on board. She also will discuss NASA Ames’ contributions to life sciences research on the ISS, then look ahead to the science activities planned over the next six years and what ISS research means to people on Earth.

Dalton’s talk will be in conjunction with the new IMAX® movie "Space Station 3D," the first IMAX® 3-D movie made in space. NASA astronauts and Russian cosmonauts shot the movie footage as they assembled the first sections of the ISS some 220 miles above the Earth. By 2006, more than 100,000 individuals from 16 nations will have contributed their talents to building the only orbiting research facility in existence and what many believe to be the greatest engineering feat since landing a man on the moon.

Scientists in NASA Ames’ Life Sciences Division study how the unique environment of space affects living systems, from cells in culture to physiological studies in animals and humans. A better understanding of fundamental physiology will help improve human health on Earth and lead to the development of countermeasures to the effects of long-term space flight. The division also conducts ground-based life sciences research, and implements flight experiments on the space shuttle, the ISS and a variety of unpiloted international spacecraft. More information is available at:

http://lifesci.arc.nasa.gov/

The Space Station Biological Research Project at NASA Ames is providing several pieces of hardware to support life sciences research on the ISS. Its third suite of flight hardware, the Biomass Production System, currently is supporting plant-growth research on the ISS. Details are available at:

http://brp.arc.nasa.gov/

Life sciences research at NASA Ames is supported by NASA’s Office of Biological and Physical Research, which promotes basic and applied research to support human exploration of space and to take advantage of the space environment as a laboratory. More information is available at:

http://spaceresearch.nasa.gov/

The Tech Museum is an educational resource designed to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives, and to inspire young people to become innovators in developing the technologies of the future. For more information, go to:

www.thetech.com

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