On Station

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

Jun 11, 2015

Bringing the Space Station to the Big Apple

They always say that New York is the city that never sleeps, and after last week, outreach teams from CASIS and NASA can confirm that firsthand. As part of the NASA-developed “Destination Station,” team ISS descended upon tri-city area to promote awareness for the orbiting laboratory and discuss research opportunities with potential station users.

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May 12, 2015

Bigger is Better: Protein Crystallization on the Space Station Yields Promising Results

Recently, Dr. Joseph Ng of iXpressGenes, Inc. published an exciting article in an online journal that features some images of proteins grown in space onboard the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory. The article, which appears in Acta Crystallographica: Structural Biology and Crystallization Communications, details different methods of growing very large protein crystals—including growth in microgravity, a condition that is available for long-term use onboard the ISS National Lab managed by CASIS. 

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Oct 31, 2014

Statement from Greg Johnson, CASIS President and Executive Director

This week’s unfortunate events regarding Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket provide the world with a stark reminder that while spaceflight invokes excitement, intrigue and the capacity to answer questions not possible on Earth, it is absolutely not routine. For students, this week offers unique lessons about the challenges and rewards of scientific pursuit.

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Oct 24, 2014

Research Opportunities Abound in October

In the spirit of the Major League Baseball postseason, October is primetime. While the CASIS team isn’t in the hunt for World Series glory, we ‘ve been very busy supporting out-of-this world research! Check out our October statistics: 1 RFI released, 1 RFP released, 9 research projects awarded, and 24 student experiments set to launch to the space station at the end of the month! Read on to learn more about these great research opportunities made available through CASIS. 

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Sep 17, 2014

Mice in Space

The Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) will be sending a strain of mice to the International Space Station (ISS) onboard the SpaceX-4 Dragon capsule, hopefully as early as Saturday, September 20. The mice will live in microgravity during their mission, allowing scientists to learn more about muscle development and muscle atrophy.

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Aug 4, 2014

Better Understanding Algal Blooms From the International Space Station

Over the course of the weekend, algal blooms became the topic of many news stories. Algal blooms, while not atypical, normally do not garner front-page headlines. However, hundreds of thousands of Ohio residents are presently bearing the full brunt of this latest epidemic, which is precluding their ability to drink local water. So what is an algal bloom? In plain terms, and algal bloom is a large population of algae in a body of water. There are many types of algae, and most are very tiny organisms. However, when algae form a bloom (often referred to as red tide because of the color the growing algae impart on the water), the rapid growth of the algae can result in release of toxins, ultimately making the water harmful to marine life and unsafe for drinking by the local population.Read more
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