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What is the ISS National Lab?
July 8, 2013

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The 2005 NASA Authorization Act designated the U.S segment of the ISS as a national laboratory and directed NASA to develop a plan to "increase the utilization of the ISS by other Federal entities and the private sector…" As the Nation's newest national laboratory, the ISS will further strengthen relationships among NASA, other Federal entities, and private sector leaders in the pursuit of national priorities for the advancement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The ISS National Laboratory will also open new paths for the exploration and economic development of Space.

1.  The National Laboratory concept is an opportunity to expand the US economy in space-based research, applications and operations.

2.  The International Space Station represents a unique and highly visible national asset with surplus capacity available for a wide spectrum of applications.

3.  NASA will continue to cover cost of operating and maintaining the ISS, and is highly motivated to work with other agencies and organizations to pursue applications.

In 2011, NASA chose the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to be the sole manager of the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory. The mission of CASIS is to maximize use of this unparalleled platform for innovation, which can benefit all humankind and inspire a new generation to look to the stars. For more information about CASIS, please see: www.iss-casis.org

For more information, please contact:
Mike Read
Manager, ISS National Laboratory Office
International Space Station Program
NASA/Johnson Space Center
281-244-7656
michael.e.read@nasa.gov

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Astronaut constructed LEGO ISS model.
Astronaut constructed LEGO ISS model.
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View of AMS payload
View of AMS payload
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