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

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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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NASA’s Boeing Crew Flight Test Eyes Next Launch Opportunity

Mission managers from NASA, Boeing, and ULA (United Launch Alliance) continue to evaluate a path forward toward launching the agency’s Boeing Crew Flight Test to the International Space Station.

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft aboard is seen on the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 41 ahead of the NASA’s Boeing Crew Flight Test, Sunday, May 5, 2024 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
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NASA’s Commercial Partners Deliver Cargo, Crew for Station Science

NASA partners with commercial companies to provide safe, reliable, and cost-effective transportation of cargo and crew members to and from the International Space Station. 

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Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus space freighter approaches the International Space Station to deliver more than 8,200 pounds of science experiments, crew supplies, and station hardware for the Expedition 70 crew. Both spacecraft were orbiting 259 miles above the south Pacific Ocean at the time of this photograph.
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Station Research Features and Articles

NASA’s Compact Infrared Cameras Enable New Science
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A new, higher-resolution infrared camera outfitted with a variety of lightweight filters could probe sunlight reflected off Earth’s upper atmosphere…

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Astronaut Exercise
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Science in Space: May 2024 Future missions to the Moon and Mars must address many challenges, including preventing loss of…

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Station Science 101 | Research in Microgravity: Higher, Faster, Longer
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The International Space Station provides unique features that enable innovative research, including microgravity, exposure to space, a unique orbit, and…

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Station Press Releases and Media Advisories

NASA, Mission Partners to Discuss Starliner Crew Flight Test Progress
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As NASA, Boeing, and ULA (United Launch Alliance) continue to evaluate a path toward launching the agency’s Boeing Crew Flight…

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Students Across US to Hear from NASA Astronaut Aboard Space Station
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Editor’s note: This media advisory was updated May 20, 2024, to reflect the Earth-to-space call now is at 11:15 a.m.…

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NASA Awards Expand Research Capabilities at Institutions Nationwide
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NASA is awarding approximately $45 million to 21 higher-education institutions to help build capacity for research. The awards were made…

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