The ISS historically has not been perceived as an Earth observation platform by many scientists. With new facilities and sophisticated sensor systems, the perception is changing.
Coral reefs are a critical resource for many island and coastal nations. Photographs taken from the space station provide an important perspective.
Since the early 1970s, terrestrial global remote sensing has been the territory of the polar-orbiting, sun-synchronous satellite. That is changing with the addition of new remote sensing systems to the International Space Station.
The City of Venice, Italy, is known for its architecture, history, romance, and, of course, the canals that serve as major thoroughfares through the urban area.
Scanning the globe from the vantage point of the International Space Station is about more than the fantastic view. While cruising in low Earth orbit, HREP-HICO gives researchers a valuable new way to view the coastal zone.
On Mar. 11, 2011, the eastern coast of Japan was shaken by the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku earthquake -- one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded. The crew of the space station responded to the crisis and acquired several useful images.
The main scientific objective of the SMILES mission is to study the recovery and stability of the stratospheric ozone, also known as the ozone layer. The mission contributes to these studies by focusing on the detailed halogen chemistry related to ozone destruction processes.
For many astronauts, the most memorable experience during space flight is seeing the fragile blue globe of Earth beneath the space station.
The Uragan program aboard the Russian segment of the space station uses photography to study Earth's natural resources by monitoring catastrophes.
As the International Space Station circles Earth, it has been tracking individual ships crossing the seas beneath. An investigation has been testing the viability of monitoring global maritime traffic from the station's orbit since 2010.
Discover how NASA partners with industry, academia and federal, state, regional and local entities for research and development.› Read More
Are you a student interested in some of the cool experiments and activities related to space station science and technology? Visit us here.› Read More
Are you an educator ideas for projects or experiments that could be done on ISS? Interested in getting involved in ISS educational programs? Want useful media to explain microgravity concepts and activities? Visit us here.› Read More
Several patents and applications have already demonstrated Earth benefits of the public's investment in ISS research.› Read More