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Benefits to Humanity

Technologies and missions we develop for human spaceflight have thousands of applications on Earth, boosting the economy, creating new career paths, and advancing everyday technologies all around us.

Expedition 36/37 astronaut Karen Nyberg uses a fundoscope to take still and video images of her eye while in orbit. Credit: NASA

International Space Station

Benefits for Humanity

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 assembly of station at completion, continuity of visiting vehicles, and support of a full-time crew of six, the era of utilization for research advances.

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Illustration of the view from the International Space Station cupola.

Technology Transfer and Spinoffs

There's more space in your life than you think!

Technologies developed for missions in exploration and discovery are broadly available to the public, maximizing NASA’s benefits to humanity.

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International Collaboration

Nations across Earth collaborate to explore space, making ground-breaking scientific discoveries for the benefit of humanity.

International Space Station Operations and Management

Cooperation Aboard the International Space Station

One of the greatest technological feats of humanity, the International Space Station is a marvel in planning and coordination across many nations and programs.

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International Space Exploration Coordination Group

Together with 26 other space agencies, NASA participates in the International Space Exploration Coordination Group to advance a long-range human space exploration strategy.  

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Artemis Accords

The Artemis Accords describe a shared vision for principles, grounded in the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, to create a safe and transparent environment which facilitates exploration, science, and commercial activities for all of humanity to enjoy.

Office of International and Interagency Relations (OIIR)

Office of International and Interagency Relations

NASA's Office of International and Interagency Relations (OIIR) is to provide executive leadership and coordination for all NASA international and interagency activities and partnerships. . .