Reference information and resources to provide insight into sending your science experiment or technology demonstration to the space station.
Researcher Guide Series by Discipline
This series educates potential users of the space station platform on how their ground‐based experiments can be translated to the space environment. Each guide is designed to “start the conversation” of how new researchers can find opportunities as well as assistance in the proposal development process.
NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan waters the plant pillows in which Mizuna mustard greens are growing for the Veg-04B experiment. Veg-04B focuses on the effects of light quality and fertilizer on the leafy Mizuna crop, microbial food safety, nutritional value and the taste acceptability by the crew.
Open Source Science Opportunities
A listing of several archives and repositories of scientific and technological data from spaceflight, flight analog, and ground-based research investigations, including experiments operated within or outside the International Space Station. Learn about these ever-expanding databases of projects and explore your own areas of interest or science discipline.
NASA astronaut Victor Glover setting up an experiment in the Microgravity Science Glovebox.
Interested in your technology development being demonstrated onboard the space station? This site identifies and plans station Exploration technology payloads sponsored by various NASA directorates. Department of Defense payloads integrated by the Space Test Program are also included.
Former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson works on the Genes In Space-3 experiment demonstrating ways in which portable, real-time DNA sequencing can be used to monitor crew health aboard the space station.
Payload Design Guide
This guide provides best practices and “tricks of the trade” to help the payload developer be successful when collaborating with NASA on designing, developing, and flying a payload on the space station.
NASA astronaut and Expedition 65 Flight Engineer 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 LSG is located in the Kibo laboratory module from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
Research & Technology Organization
If you have any questions about getting your research onboard the space station, here is the contact information for the Space Station Research management team and the International Space Station Research Client Helpline.
Conducting research on the ISS National Laboratory demonstrates to U.S. citizens and the world that space is accessible, affordable, and capable of supporting the research and development necessary to make the fundamental business case for sustainable industrial demand in low Earth orbit.
Supporting research in science and technology is an important part of NASA's overall mission. NASA solicits this research through the release of various research announcements in a wide range of science and technology disciplines.
NASA astronauts Jessica Watkins and Bob Hines work on XROOTS, which used the station’s Veggie facility to test liquid- and air-based techniques to grow plants rather than traditional growth media.
In Space Production Applications
NASA supports In Space Production Applications (InSPA) awards to help the selected companies raise the technological readiness level of their products and move them to market, propelling U.S. industry toward the development of a sustainable, scalable, and profitable non-NASA demand for services and products in low Earth orbit.
The 2022 Annual Highlights of Results from the International Space Station is now available. This latest edition contains bibliometric analyses, a list of all the publications documented in fiscal year 2022, and synopses of the most recent and recognized scientific findings from investigations conducted onboard the space station.
Watch all of the episodes of the NASA Explorers: Microgravity video series as we follow a team of scientists during their journey to launch research off our planet to the space station and see what microgravity may reveal.
The Tympanogen team prepares their science samples in the Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF) at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The samples were carried to the International Space Station on a SpaceX rocket.
Photo courtesy of Tympanogen Team
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