On Station

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

Jul 11, 2014

The Latest at CASIS

If April’s showers bring May flowers, June and July bring…events! The summer is always a very busy time for our organization. Two major conferences, BIO International Convention and ISS Research & Development Conference, both took place in June. Simultaneously, the CASIS education team was busy supporting the PGA STEM Golf Camp held near our headquarters on Florida’s space coast as well as attending the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Annual Conference. As our team traveled around the country promoting research on the International Space Station and connecting with new communities, the ISS Expedition 40 crew kept busy conducting numerous experiments onboard station. Oh, and there was also some soccer tournament taking place as well. Read on to learn about the latest CASIS activities!

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May 5, 2014

Commercialization of Space: How a NASA Initiative is Advancing the CASIS Mission

Last week, NASA released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking innovative suggestions from the private sector on how NASA can enable increased commercial involvement in low Earth orbit (LEO) initiatives. This solicitation, titled “Evolving ISS Into a LEO Commercial Market,” is part of a major and exciting trend in the space community to privatize and commercialize activities in LEO. Since the International Space Station (ISS) is one of the major players in LEO, we here at CASIS are eager to see the success of this RFI in obtaining new ideas for how we can accomplish our mission to increase use of the ISS U.S. National Laboratory.

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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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