On Station

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

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

Jul 23, 2014

IEEE Magazine Spotlights ISS Research

Recently, the CASIS team worked with IEEE Pulse magazine to dedicate an entire issue to the ISS and the research onboard that benefits life on Earth!Read more

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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