Fostering scientific and technological innovation, advancing US leadership in commercial space, and inspiring the next generation.
About ISS National Lab
In an effort to expand the research opportunities of this unparalleled platform, the ISS was designated as a U.S. National Laboratory in 2005 by Congress, enabling space research and development access to a broad range of commercial, academic, and government users.
NASA astronaut Megan McArthur services donor cells inside the Kibo laboratory module’s Life Science Glovebox for the Celestial Immunity study. The human research investigation may provide insights into new vaccines and drugs possibly advancing the commercialization of space.
Areas of Research
The International Space Station National Laboratory is a functioning research laboratory with the tools and facilities needed to translate traditional ground-based experiments into flight-ready payloads.
Preparation of the High Pressure Microgravity Combustion Experiment for a drop test in the Zero Gravity Research Facility in 2019.
The International Space Station National Laboratory is a crewed low Earth orbit (LEO) platform for research, development, and education that inspires innovation and provides opportunities for discovery to benefit humankind.
John Carver, a payload integration engineer NASA Kennedy Space Center, opens the door to the growth chamber of the Advanced Plant Habitat (APH) Flight Unit No. 1 for a test harvest of half of the Arabidopsis thaliana plants growing within.
ISS National Lab Reports
As part of strategic initiatives to enable science in space for life on Earth, the ISS National Lab hosts workshops in the life and physical sciences, remote sensing, and technology to explore research areas with high likelihood for rapid knowledge advancement and the potential to support commercialization of low Earth orbit.
NASA astronaut Christina Koch works on the ADSEP facility on the International Space Station
NSF-Funded Solicitation for Tissue Engineering Research
For the seventh consecutive year, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) is funding a solicitation seeking projects that utilize the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory to advance tissue engineering and mechanobiology research.
NASA astronaut and Expedition 62 Flight Engineer Jessica Meir conducts cardiac research in the Life Sciences Glovebox located in the Japanese Kibo laboratory module. The Engineered Heart Tissues investigation could promote a better understanding of cardiac function in microgravity which would be useful for drug development and other applications related to heart conditions on Earth.
Station Experiment Tests Antimicrobial Coating for Long-Term Space Missions
As humans travel to Mars and beyond, where resupply from and return to Earth is difficult to impossible, monitoring and controlling every aspect of life onboard spacecraft is essential—down to the tiniest microbes.
This aluminum placard contains various materials representative of spacecraft interior surfaces, with some surface samples coated in Boeing’s new antimicrobial coating.
The ISS Research and Development Conference (ISSRDC) offers technical sessions and lightning talks, which allow researchers to share their experiences in leveraging the unique space environment of the space station to advance research and technology development.