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    Analytical Innovation within the Water and Food Analytical Laboratory

    Success WAFAL Imagine for a moment that you are a water quality expert facing the following scientific dilemma. You have been observing an increasing trend in total organic carbon (TOC) during in-flight monitoring of water from the U.S. Water Processor Assembly on ISS. Unfortunately, compound identification is not possible with the in-flight TOC screening. Long-awaited archive water samples return from ISS, and all eyes are on your laboratory to announce the compound’s identity so that risk assessment and system troubleshooting can occur. After an intensive week of analysis you find...nothing. You can almost hear the crickets chirp as expectant eyes scan the analytical tables looking for the “smoking gun”. The unspoken words “What Do We Do Now?”, pass through everyone’s minds.

    NASA Open Innovation Competition Delivers Three Winning Solutions

    Innovation Successes White House Blog Article "Going where no one has gone before may demand new solutions from unexpected places. NASA - with the help of the public's best problem solvers - is ready." Posted by Robynn Sturm and Phil Larson, Office of Science and Technology Policy (

    Ultrasound Diagnosis in Space

    Innovation Successes Ultrasound Diagnosis A hockey player needs to know if he'll be sidelined by an ankle injury. Emergency personnel need to assess a car accident victim's injuries at the scene of the wreck. An astronaut onboard the International Space Station, 240 miles above the nearest hospital, needs to evaluate a persistent pain in the abdomen. Thanks to a new technique developed by NASA, all of these people may soon be using ultrasound to get the answers they need.

    Running Up a Wall... Literally

    Innovation Successes Running Up A Wall... Literally June 15, 2009: International Space Station astronauts are getting a new toy in August - a treadmill. Famously named after comedian Stephen Colbert, the new running machine will help astronauts stay fit, fighting off the bone loss and muscle decay that otherwise comes with space travel.

    Just one problem: How do you run where there's no gravity to hold your feet to the ground?

    Guarding Against Bacteria

    Innovation Successes Bacteria We all need water, but nothing drives the point home like living in the International Space Station (ISS). Each crew member there requires a minimum of 3 liters (about 3 quarts) of water per day. One liter is electrolyzed to produce oxygen, and 2 liters go for drinking, hygiene, food rehydration, and other miscellaneous uses. That's minimum. Space Life Sciences - Exploring Space | Enhancing Life