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The latest news on scientific research, crew activities, and milestones on the space station. 

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Space Station Research Advances NASA’s Plans to Explore the Moon, Mars

Space, the saying goes, is hard. And the farther humans go, the harder it can get. Some of the challenges on missions to explore the Moon and Mars include preventing microbial contamination of these destinations, navigating there safely, protecting crew members and hardware from radiation, and maintaining and repairing equipment.

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ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut and Expedition 67 Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti practices robotics maneuvers on a laptop computer inside the International Space Station's Columbus laboratory module.
ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut and Expedition 67 Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti practices robotics maneuvers on a laptop computer inside the International Space Station’s Columbus laboratory module.
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Science in Space – May 2024

Astronaut Exercise

Future missions to the Moon and Mars must address many challenges, including preventing loss of bone and muscle tissue in astronauts. Research on the International Space Station is helping to address this challenge.

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Cristoforetti wears a hot pink shirt, black pants with white stripes on the side, and blue running shoes and is watching a laptop in front of her. A white harness on her torso connects her to the sides of the green treadmill. Her legs are slightly blurred from the motion of her running and the entire image is tilted to the left so that she seems to be running down a steep hill.
ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti runs on the station’s T2 treadmill.
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Station Science 101

Research in Microgravity: Higher, Faster, Longer

The International Space Station provides unique features that enable innovative research, including microgravity, exposure to space, a unique orbit, and hands-on operation by crew members.

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NASA astronaut Megan McArthur services donor cells inside the Kibo laboratory module’s Life Science Glovebox for the Celestial Immunity study.
NASA astronaut Megan McArthur services donor cells inside the Kibo laboratory module’s Life Science Glovebox for the Celestial Immunity study.
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LIFTOFF! NASA Astronauts Pilot First Starliner Crewed Test to Station

NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams are safely in orbit on the first crewed flight test aboard Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft bound for the International Space Station. As part of NASA’s Boeing Crew Flight Test, the astronauts lifted off at 10:52 a.m. EDT Wednesday on a ULA (United Launch Alliance) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on an end-to-end test of the Starliner system.

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft aboard launches from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Florida.
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Station Research Features and Articles

Lakita Lowe: Leading Space Commercialization Innovations and Fostering STEM Engagement 
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Lakita Lowe is at the forefront of space commercialization, seamlessly merging scientific expertise with visionary leadership to propel NASA’s commercial…

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From Psychology to Space: Alexandra Whitmire’s Journey and Impact in NASA’s Human Research Program
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From navigating the depths of the human mind to exploring the vastness of space, Dr. Alexandra (Sandra) Whitmire helps lead…

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NASA’s Laser Relay System Sends Pet Imagery to, from Space Station
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Using NASA’s first two-way, end-to-end laser relay system, pictures and videos of cherished pets flew through space over laser communications…

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