NASA's research goals for the space station are driven by the NASA Authorization Act of 2010 and are focused on the following four areas: human health and exploration, technology testing for enabling future exploration, research in basic life and physical sciences, and earth and space science.
The 2005 NASA Authorization Act designated the U.S segment of the space station as a national laboratory. As the Nation's only national laboratory on-orbit, the space station National Lab will improve life on Earth, foster relationships among NASA, other Federal entities, and the private sector, and advance STEM education through utilization of the space station's unique capabilities as a permanent microgravity platform with exposure to the space environment.
Space station educational activities have had a positive impact on thousands of students by involving them in station research, and by using the station to teach them the science and engineering that are behind space exploration. Visit the Educator's page and the Kid's page for more.
The space station represents the culmination of over two decades of dedicated effort by an international team of agencies spanning Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia and the United States. While the various space agency partners may emphasize different aspects of research to achieve their goals in the use of space station, they are unified in utilizing the space station to its full potential as a research platform.
Discover how NASA partners with industry, academia and federal, state, regional and local entities for research and development.› Becoming a researcher
Are you a student interested in some of the cool experiments and activities related to space station science and technology?› Space Station for students
Are you an educator with ideas for projects or experiments that could be done on ISS? Interested in getting involved in ISS educational programs or need materials for your class?› Space Station for educators