30 Years Aboard the International Space Station

Spot the Station

You can see the ISS in the night sky as it orbits the earth. It’s the third brightest object in the sky, a reminder that space exploration belongs to all of us.

Logistics for the Lab

Before each scientific experiment is approved, our Modeling Analysis, Visualization, and Robotic Integration Center (MAVRIC) team ensures its safety and feasibility. Using 3D Computer-Aided Design (CAD) modeling, the team looks for the best placement of new equipment and ensures it won’t block ventilation or critical controls.

Experiment topics can include:

  • Long-term effects of microgravity on humans (preparation for deep space exploration)
  • Biology and biotechnology
  • Earth and space science
  • Educational activities
  • Research for commercial partners

Interested in a research topic? Search for space station experiments at NASA’s site.