On Station

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

Apr 28, 2016

ISS National Lab Releases Gap Analysis on Earth Observation Capabilities from ISS

Last year, CASIS commissioned a study to evaluate the capabilities and limitations of the ISS as a host for commercial remote sensing payloads, including the products and needs of the data analytics community. A full report is now available detailing the findings of this study in the context of the expanding commercial market for Earth observation technologies and analysis.

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Apr 8, 2016

Eli Lilly & Company Fly to the ISS for R&D

Eli Lilly & Company is willing to go the extra mile for research and development—230 miles straight up, in fact—to the International Space Station (ISS). Eli Lilly scientists were among the first to mass-produce penicillin, the polio vaccine, and insulin, with the aim to save lives through research and quality control. Now, 140 years since its founding, this major pharmaceutical company is again breaking new ground with the launch of multiple experiments to the ISS. Why are they going so far? The stable, persistent microgravity environment on the ISS cannot be found on Earth. Eli Lilly is planning to conduct five experiments on the ISS U.S. National Laboratory over the next year; science conducted in space to make discoveries that will improve life on Earth. Three of the five experiments are launching on the SpaceX-8 mission: two performing the delicate process of protein crystal growth and one testing a new treatment for muscle wasting.Read more

Apr 8, 2016

CASIS Releases Report on Organ Bioengineering in Microgravity

Each year, thousands of people in the U.S. receive a potentially life-saving organ transplant. However, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a new person is added to the organ transplant waiting list every 10 minutes, and due to the shortage of donated organs, an average of 22 people die each day waiting for an organ.

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Mar 3, 2016

Scott Kelly’s Amazing Earth

Late last night, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly safely returned to Johnson Space Center after nearly a full year in space. Kelly’s time on the ISS highlighted a monumental push by NASA to better understand the human condition in their pursuit of the “Journey to Mars” push. Over the 340 days that Kelly spent on station, he assisted or was the test subject in over 400 experiments ranging from evaluating visual impairment, behavioral health and physical performance, metabolic and microbial studies, all with the intention of pushing NASA’s exploration capabilities as well as the capacity to benefit all of humanity. That said, one of the most publicized portions of Commander Kelly’s time in space, was his commitment to showing the beauty of our planet through images taken from the ISS.Read more

Feb 26, 2016

CASIS Introduces Upward - the quarterly magazine of the ISS National Lab

We are pleased to present the inaugural issue of Upward – the quarterly magazine of the ISS National Lab.Upward is published by CASIS as part of our mission to manage and enable access to the ISS National Lab. Geared toward current and future ISS Read more

Feb 19, 2016

Looking into the Eye of a Hurricane

Hurricanes are by far nature's most destructive natural phenomenon, with average worldwide annual losses of around 19,000 lives and $26 billion in property damage. The terms hurricane and typhoon are used in different parts of the world to refer to the same phenomenon, which scientists call a tropical cyclone. If scientists could more accurately measure the intensities of these severe storms and better predict their paths as they approach land, it would allow coastal residents and emergency responders to better prepare – potentially saving countless lives and significantly reducing property damage. To address this issue, CASIS and NASA are supporting a project by Visidyne, Inc. to significantly improve intensity measurements and, subsequently, path predictions of strong tropical cyclones using a measurement technique from the low Earth orbit vantage point of the ISS. 

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