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ISS National Laboratory

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The International Space Station photographed by Expedition 56 crew members from a Soyuz spacecraft after undocking. NASA astronauts Andrew Feustel and Ricky Arnold and Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev executed a fly around of the orbiting laboratory to take pictures of the station before returning home after spending 197 days in space. The station will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the launch of the first element Zarya in November 2018. Credit: NASA/Roscosmos

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. 

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Funding Announced for Technology Development in Low Earth Orbit

The International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory is soliciting flight concepts for technology development that would utilize the space-based environment of the orbiting laboratory. 

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UAE (United Arab Emirates) astronaut and Expedition 69 Flight Engineer Sultan Alneyadi observes a free-flying Astrobee robotic assistant during the testing of its operations for an upcoming student competition to control the robotic devices.
UAE (United Arab Emirates) astronaut and Expedition 69 Flight Engineer Sultan Alneyadi observes a free-flying Astrobee robotic assistant during the testing of its operations for an upcoming student competition to control the robotic devices.
NASA

Space-Made Fibers, Novel Biotech Research Return to Earth

Research on a novel vision loss therapy and space-manufactured optical fibers were among the nearly 565 pounds of science and technology payloads sponsored by the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory that splashed down off the Florida coast Tuesday morning as NASA concluded SpaceX’s 30th Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission.

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The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft, on NASA's 30th Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-30) mission, approaches the International Space Station for a docking to the Harmony module's space-facing port.
The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft, on NASA’s 30th Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-30) mission, approaches the International Space Station for a docking to the Harmony module’s space-facing port.
NASA

Nanomaterials Research To Help Life-Saving Aids, Precision Drug Delivery

Arthritis is a crippling disease, affecting approximately one in four adults. It wreaks havoc on our joints by breaking down cartilage, the cushioning between bones. Once that cartilage deteriorates, there’s no way to replace it. However, all this might soon change, thanks to a new investigation led by biomedical engineering researchers at the University of Connecticut.

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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon cargo spacecraft lifts off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 26, 2022, on the company’s 26th commercial resupply services mission for the agency to the International Space Station. Liftoff was at 2:20 p.m. EST.
NASA

Path to Sustainable Low Earth Orbit Economy Beyond Station

This piece is part of our Forging the Path series in which CASIS experts share knowledge and insight from their experience managing a national lab in space.

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Close-up view of Cupola windows (with earth visible) as documented by the Expedition 36 crew.
NASA

Registration Opens for 2024 Space Station R&D Conference in Boston

This July, the 13th annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference (ISSRDC) returns to Boston, where leaders from the commercial sector, U.S. government agencies, and academic communities will assemble to highlight innovations and opportunities through our nation’s orbiting outpost.

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