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Research & Technology on the Space Station

The International Space Station is an unprecedented achievement in global human endeavors to conceive, plan, build, operate, and utilize a research platform in space. With the assembly of the space station at its completion and the support of a full-time crew of six, a new era of utilization for research has begun.

Space Station Research Structure and Goals

Space Station for ResearchersNASA Research
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.


National Lab Research National Laboratory Research
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.


EducationEducation
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.


International Partner Research International Partner Research
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.


Space Station Research and Technology

The Space Station Research and Technology page is maintained by the Office of the International Space Station (ISS) Program Scientist. The ISS Program Science Office ensures science leadership at the highest level within the ISS Program Office, represents all research on the space station, and provides recommendations to the ISS Program Manager and to the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD), NASA Headquarters, regarding research on the space station. We also consolidate and communicate the research, from experimental design to results, that is performed on the space station. The space station Program Science Office is located within the Space Station Research Integration Office at NASA/Johnson Space Center.

ISS Research Integration Office, Rod Jones, Manager, 281-244-7941

ISS Program Science Office, Julie Robinson, Program Scientist, 281-483-5582
ISS Research & Technology: www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/
Ensures science leadership at the highest level within the ISS Program Office, represents all research on the space station.

ISS Technology Demonstration Office, George C. Nelson, Manager, 281-244-8514
www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/tdemo/index
For NASA-funded Technology Development and Demonstration investigations and DoD investigations.

ISS National Laboratory Office, Mike Read, Manager, 281-244-7656
www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/nlab/
For other government agency funded investigations and non-profit / commercially funded investigations.

Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications / ISS NASA Research Office, Sharon Conover, Manager, 281-244-8158 www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/slpsra/index.html/
For NASA-funded Human Research Program investigations, NASA-funded Physical Science investigations, and NASA-funded Life Science investigations.

If you have additional questions that are not covered here, please call our help line at 281-244-6187 or e-mail us at jsc-iss-research-helpline@mail.nasa.gov. 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.


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Discover how NASA partners with industry, academia and federal, state, regional and local entities for research and development.
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Are you a student interested in some of the cool experiments and activities related to space station science and technology?
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Space Station for ResearchersSpace Station for Educators
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
› NASA for educators

 

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Page Last Updated: December 19th, 2014
Page Editor: Kristine Rainey