Wanted: New Experiments for Space Station Science
Denise Chow, SPACE.com Staff Writer
Date: 07 May 2012 Time: 06:25 PM ET
|Astronaut Don Pettit posted this image on his blog March
26, 2012. He wrote: "This picture was taken pointing to port, so it
shows the end of the port truss with solar panels. Click on the images
to see them larger."
CREDIT: Don Pettit
A nonprofit organization that has been tasked with managing research on the American portions of the International Space Station will begin accepting proposals for specific projects beginning in June, company officials announced recently.
The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) was selected by NASA in 2011 to manage the space station's U.S. National Laboratory, and to maximize use of these facilities while the orbiting outpost remains operational — planned until at least 2020.
Starting in June, CASIS will begin accepting solicitations for life science research projects to fly on the space station that examine osteoporosis, muscle deterioration, immune system responses, protein crystallization and vaccine development in a microgravity environment.
"The thing that the space station provides us with is tremendous capability already on orbit," Alan Stern, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo., and a science advisor to CASIS, told reporters at the 28th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., via a video conference call
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