NASA has marked two decades of experimentation with the release of a short video highlighting the important role of science on the International Space Station (ISS).
The video (below) also includes footage from the first days of the space station as it is being transformed from an orbital outpost where astronauts could live safely, in an orbital laboratory where the same astronaut could conduct complex experiments – and not so complex – in unique microgravity conditions.
This transformation involves sending equipment such as freezers, gloveboxes, microscopes and other necessary science paraphernalia. The actual tests could then be sent to a regular supply mission to a space station about two and a half miles above Earth.
The ever-changing crew on the space station has carried out thousands of experiments for the Earth’s scientists over twenty years of existence, covering everything from biotechnology and physical sciences to human research and educational activities.
Anna-Lisa Paul, a University of Space biologist at the University of Florida, said in the video:
Another contributor, Eugene Boland of Indiana-based Texts, says he thinks most people don’t understand how much space research has affected society.
In fact, so far more than 3,000 space-based trials have helped name a few successes for the treatment of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as for bone conditions such as osteoporosis.
Looking forward to the crew missions to Mars and possibly beyond the next decade, the study also includes work to find effective ways to grow food in microgravity conditions so that astronauts can provide for themselves on long journeys to much farther places on Earth.
The video also contains a lot of praise for those who live and work on the space station.
Sharmila Bhattacharya, a scientist at NASA’s Space Biology Program, said, “Being able to help us astronomers do more complex science there and achieve higher science yields from the science you were doing was an important part of solving your test problems if you need something.” People like that were incredible. “
These astronauts include the choices of recent visitors Doug Hurley and Bob Behkenken, who arrived on the first astronaut spacecraft of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, with future residents currently being chartered and trained by NASA.
You can learn more about the space station’s ongoing research and scientific work on NASA’s website.