On Station

News and Views from the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory.

Mar 14, 2014

Week in Review (3/2/14 - 3/8/14)

- CASIS Issues Request for Information Pertaining to Materials Science Experimentation on ISS
- “Enabling Technology” RFP Online
- Would Your Cell Phone work in Space?
- ISS News and Updates

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Mar 7, 2014

Why ‘Gravity’ Was More Than Just a Movie

On Sunday evening, millions of television viewers from around the world descended upon the film mecca of Los Angeles, CA for the Oscars. For one night, movie fans were fixated with awards and the red-carpet, but their attention also extended to a movie that helped provide a glimpse at the beauty and artistry that is the International Space Station (ISS).  Typically, CASIS focuses their blogs on research opportunities and efforts to utilize the U.S. National Laboratory – However this movie has provided a forum for humankind’s greatest technical platform and its significance should not be forgotten by the space community.

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Feb 25, 2014

A Prize for the Whole World

The International Space Station is truly a testament to the power of human endeavor, perseverance and global cooperation. Together with 15 nations and 5 major space agencies, this cutting-edge facility was completed in orbit in 2011. After 15 years and over 135 supporting flights since its first modules mated in space, the ISS flies in orbit as an ongoing tribute to the synergy the international community can achieve when it puts its collective mind to the task.

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Feb 19, 2014

Let’s Chat About STEM

The word is out: STEM is a big deal! Numerous organizations, governmental entities and academic institutions are ramping up efforts to get students engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The space research community is also contributing to the proliferation of STEM-based initiatives. 

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Feb 13, 2014

Back On Campus

In an effort to attract new and nontraditional users to the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory, CASIS maintains a presence nationally. Our organization participates in numerous science research, technology development and STEM conferences every year. We participate in panels and symposiums focused on communicating the benefits of the ISS and engage in discussions with commercial executives and partner with other governmental agencies all in an effort to increase utilization of the ISS National Lab. This inclusive effort is done so with one ultimate goal—to enable innovative opportunities to benefit life on Earth through space-based research.

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Nov 26, 2013

The Olympic Torch on the ISS

As you may have recently heard, the Olympic torch relay was successfully conducted in space for the first time.  On Nov. 9, 2013, two Russian cosmonauts went on a spacewalk with one of the most iconic pieces of hardware in sporting history. 

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