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Technology Demonstration

From DNA sequencing to 3D printing, studies on the space station can test a variety of technologies, systems, and materials that will benefit life on Earth and be needed for future long-duration exploration missions.

NASA astronaut Megan McArthur poses with the Astrobee robotic free-flyers aboard the International Space Station.

DNA Sequencing

The equipment required for DNA sequencing has historically been expensive and time intensive and has required specialized expertise to operate, limiting its use in space. Explore how this technology has evolved to where researchers can now sequence DNA aboard the International Space Station.

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NASA astronaut Kate Rubins looking at DNA sample inside space station laboratory
NASA astronaut Kate Rubins checks a sample for air bubbles prior to loading it in the biomolecule sequencer.
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Space Radiation

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