NASA Celebrates 20 Years of Experiments on the Space Station

NASA has marked two decades of experiments on the International Space Station (ISS), releasing short videos that play an important role in science.

The video (below) also contains footage from the early days of the space station as it was being converted from an orbital outpost where astronauts could safely stay in an orbital laboratory, where the same astronauts could carry the complex – And not so complicated – experiments in unique microgravity conditions.

That change included sending equipment such as freezers, glove boxes, microscopes, and other essential science materials. Actual experiments could be sent to the space station about 250 miles above Earth on regular supply missions.

The changing crew aboard the space station has conducted thousands of experiments for scientists on Earth in its 20 years of existence, covering everything from biotechnology and physics to human research and educational activities.

“The last 20 years have been an extraordinary journey to see how it’s all happened together,” says astronaut Anna-Lisa Paul of the University of Florida in the video.

Another contributor, Eugene Boland of Indiana-based TechShot, says he thinks most people don’t realize the extent to which space research has affected society.

In fact, over 3,000 space-based experiments conducted so far have helped in the treatment of diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, as well as bone conditions such as osteoporosis, just to name a few successes.

In addition, this research also includes work on finding effective ways of growing food in microgravity conditions, on astronauts’ missions to Mars, and possibly in the coming decades, so that astronauts find themselves during long voyages to places far from Earth Can provide.

The video also includes praise from people living and working on the space station.

Sharmila Bhattacharya, program scientist at Space Biology at NASA, says, “Helping astronauts was to be able to do more complex sciences than you were able to get a higher science yield than the science you’re doing.” “They were incredible as people who could troubleshoot your experiment, anything you need.”

Those astronauts include the likes of recent visitors Doug Hurley and Bob Behnke, who arrived on the first astronaut flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, with future residents currently hired and trained by NASA is.

You can find more information about the space station’s ongoing research and science work on NASA’s website.

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