Since the first crew’s arrival aboard more than twenty years ago, the International Space Station has evolved into a state-of-the-art scientific lab.
Station Research and Technology
Station Science 101
Explore this page to learn the basics of many of the science and technology investigations — in disciplines ranging from astrophysics to combustion to microbiology, and more — that are being studied on your space station.
NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei works inside the Life Science Glovebox (LSG) for the Celestial Immunity study that may provide insights into new vaccines and drugs possibly advancing the commercialization of space.
The International Space Station: A Laboratory in Space
We’re doing science at 17,500 miles per hour! The International Space Station is a state-of-the-art microgravity laboratory that is unlocking discoveries not possible on Earth, and helping us push farther into deep space.
The spectrum of the impact of the orbiting lab includes scientific, societal, exploration, and economic benefits as part of a growing low Earth orbit economy. Learn about the broad array of research sponsored by the station’s international partnerships and the benefits that have resulted.
NASA astronaut and Expedition 69 Flight Engineer Stephen Bowen works on the Plant Habitat-03B Science Carrier, a space botany research device, in the International Space Station’s Harmony module.
ISS National Laboratory
The ISS National Lab manages all non-NASA research and investigations to expand research opportunities of this unparalleled platform. Through the ISS National Lab, this unique space-based research platform is available to U.S. researchers from small companies, research institutions, Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and others, all interested in leveraging the space environment to solve complex problems on Earth.
NASA astronaut and Expedition 65 Flight Engineer Megan McArthur reads a book in the cupola, the International Space Station’s “window to the world,” while orbiting 265 miles above the northern Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Canada.
International Space Station Research Integration Office
The team members who ensure space station science, technology applications, business/economic development, research hardware integration, planning, and communications leadership at the highest level within the International Space Station Program.
The International Space Station photographed by Expedition 56 crew members from a Soyuz spacecraft after undocking.
Annual Highlights of Results from Station
The International Space Station, in its third decade of continuous human presence, has far-reaching impact as a microgravity lab hosting technology demonstrations and scientific investigations from a range of fields.
NASA’s In Space Production Applications (InSPA) portfolio is leveraging more than two decades of results from the International Space Station by continuing to demonstrate the benefits of microgravity for the development of new commercial technologies and products that have the potential to improve the quality of life on Earth for people everywhere.
View of a CFE-2 (Capillary Flow Experiment – 2) Interior Corner Flow – 8 (ICF-8) vessel set up during a test run. Liquids behave differently in space than they do on Earth, so containers that can process, hold or transport them must be designed carefully to work in microgravity.
Space Station Research Explorer
Search or browse information at your fingertips about space station experiments, facilities, capabilities, and publications.
The seven-member Expedition 67 crew poses for a portrait inside the International Space Station’s Harmony module. Clockwise from bottom are, Roscosmos cosmonauts Commander Oleg Artemyev and Flight Engineer Denis Matveev; NASA Flight Engineers Bob Hines and Kjell Lindgren; Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA (European Space Agency); Roscosmos Flight Engineer Sergey Korsakov; and NASA Flight Engineer Jessica Watkins.
Ciencia en la estación
Aprende sobre las investigaciones y otras actividades a bordo de la estación espacial.
El astronauta de la NASA Frank Rubio trabajando en el bastidor integrado de combustión (CIR) de la Ignición y Extinción de Combustible Sólido (SoFIE) a bordo de la EEI en el laboratorio Destiny, EE.UU.
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