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Science Highlight: Navigating Low Earth Orbit Via RAIDS

Unlatched HREP RAIDS configuration fully rotated Unlatched HREP-RAIDS configuration fully rotated -- on-orbit the instrument is rotated 180 degrees. (Image courtesy of the Naval Research Laboratory) When Christopher Columbus set off to circle the globe, he did so without knowing exactly what he would find. He did know, however, what he was looking for: improved human exploration. Likewise, the International Space Station navigates the thermospheric layer of Earth's atmosphere searching for answers to advance long-duration space flight. Flying within low Earth orbit, the station uses instruments like the Remote Atmospheric and Ionospheric Detection System, or RAIDS, to collect data on the atmosphere. In particular, this device measures the thermosphere, which creates atmospheric drag on space vehicles and satellites, and is effected by solar activity. RAIDS also studies the ionosphere, which has a strong influence on radio, radar, and satellite navigation signals.

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NASA Opens Space Station For Biological Research From NIH Grants

Osteocyte bone cell deformation Osteocyte bone cell deformation. Image credit: Southwest Research Institute NASA is enabling biomedical research with National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants that take advantage of the unique microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station to explore fundamental questions about important health issues. The NIH Biomedical Research on the International Space Station (BioMed-ISS) awards are the next step in a new partnership to apply the national laboratory to research that complements NASA's own space studies. The NIH studies include research on how bones and the immune system weaken in space.

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The International Space Station Payloads Office has both a phone and an email customer service helpline that Payload Developers and others interested in doing research can contact to get assistance. The phone is staffed during regular business hours, or messages may be issued after hours, and a representative will return the call on the next business day. Phone: 281-244-6187, email: jsc-iss-payloads-helpline@mail.nasa.gov.

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