The International Space Station is not just about space exploration. With over 400 experiments conducted on the ISS, this unique platform continues to enable researchers from all over the world to put their talents to work, providing opportunities for partners in industry and academia. Fifty-nine countries participated in ISS utilization through 2010.
In the areas of human health, telemedicine, education and observations of Earth from space, there are already demonstrated benefits to human life. Vaccine development research, station-generated images that assist with disaster relief and farming, and education programs that inspire future scientists, engineers and space explorers are just some of the documented research benefits. A few specific examples of discoveries to date:
- Microcapsules for drugs with desirable properties developed on the ISS were reproduced on Earth and are now successful in targeting delivery of anti-cancer drugs to successfully shrink tumors.
- Naval Research and Boeing have used ISS materials to test and shorten development time for satellite hardware companies by as much as 50%.
- Technologies developed for the ADVASC™ greenhouse on the ISS led to new technology on Earth resulting in systems successful in killing 98% of airborne pathogens for food preservation, homes and offices.
Disciplines that use the ISS Lab include Biology and Biotech, Human Physiology and Performance, Physical Sciences, Technology Development and Demonstration, Earth & Space Science and Education. Link to more info.
Clearly the International Space Station benefits and opportunities are far-reaching … all the way back to life on Earth!
To learn more about the International Space Station please join us for the Destination Station Science and Technology Research Panel featuring Astronaut Bill McArthur and Dr. Tara Ruttley of the International Space Station :
Friday, April 27th
RTP Headquarters, 12 Davis Drive
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm