The web is home to dozens of sites, databases and other resources designed to link researchers with the people, tools, details, and data they need to best optimize (or stay up to speed with) research aboard the ISS. Scroll through the following links for a helpful and eclectic list of ISS resources compiled specifically for researchers. If you are looking for something you are unable to find here, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ISS Research and Technology
Access facility information and resources to facilitate investigations with this comprehensive ISS research and development (R&D) resource from NASA. Also find weekly recaps, the latest ISS news and social media coverage, upcoming conferences, and other stories related to the ISS.
Research in Space: 2013 and Beyond
Immerse yourself in this introductory brochure from NASA that outlines and highlights ISS research capabilities. This overview covers a wide spectrum of information, including the research history of the ISS, external and internal facilities diagrams, a dictionary of acronyms, and numerous other subjects related to research on the ISS.
Browse this “mini-book” series from NASA for ways to fully take advantage of the ISS platform. The books provide an in-depth look at specific areas of R&D—for example, fluid physics, fruit fly research, and technology demonstration—and include information on translating ground‐based experiments to the space environment.
Also, browse abbreviated fact sheets on specific areas of research, from CASIS:
CASIS Fact Sheets
NASA’s Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications Division (SLPSRA)
Explore NASA research programs and applications within the space life and physical sciences. Highlighted R&D includes research that will allow humans to travel safely and productively in the environment of space and fundamental life and physical sciences initiatives that leverage unique events in the space environment. You can also take an ISS virtual tour and access links to NASA websites for Space Life Sciences, the Physical Science Research Program, the Human Research Program, and Crew Health and Safety.
Space Research Benefitting Humanity
Explore various websites and documents detailing space research that has affected or will affect quality of life on Earth. This is the mission of CASIS (www.iss-casis.org, and read about our currently sponsored research projects), but many previous investigations also fall into this category. Read about them here:
Moreover, many achievements of NASA and space-based R&D have “spun off” to technologies and advances that affect life on Earth. Peruse the websites and documents below to learn more about these examples:
ISS Research Experiments Database
Learn about each ISS investigation and its objectives, descriptions, and results—as well as imagery and additional information that may be found beyond this NASA database of past and current ISS experiments.
The Task Book
Use this NASA task book to access a complete list of projects supported by the Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications Division (SLPSRA) and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI). This site also features different search options that allow you to either browse or search archives spanning from 1995 to the present.
ISS Research Results Citations
View a list of citations for the consolidated international results of successful ISS research experiments and projects collected to date. Choose to browse publications by category, facility, or experiment name.
Note: For a searchable database of publications from ISS research, other space-based R&D, and related ground studies, see our Publication Database
NASA SPACELINE Current Awareness Lists
Browse compilations of life science research citations that result from NASA-sponsored research using these weekly NASA-funded summaries, posted by SpaceRef (a media company focused on the space sector and based out of Reston, Virginia).
The Life Sciences Data Archive
Use this NASA archive to search publicly available information and data from NASA life science investigations. Find information on experiments, missions in progress, personnel, data requests, and more.
The Materials and Processes Technical Information System
Browse the ISS Materials and Processes Technical Information System for information on ISS experiment-related materials and processes (e.g., environmental and physical properties).
The Physical Science Informatics System
Browse this ISS physical science informatics system for experimental data, facilities, reports, and publications for all ISS experiments in the physical sciences (e.g., fluid dynamics, materials science, complex fluids, fundamental physics, and combustion).
View a complete and consolidated list of GeneLab studies. Data is organized in tables that include the categories of organisms, factors, assay types, release date, and project descriptions. You can also submit data or search for data using the search box.
The Erasmus Experiment Archive (EEA)
Search this database of European Space Agency funded or co-funded experiments covering a wide range of scientific campaigns, starting from 1972. The site offers advanced search capabilities for various categories, including space stations, space shuttles, retrievable capsules, and ground based facilities.
NASA’s Human Research Program (HRP)
Find virtually everything there is to know about HRP, whose mission is to conduct research and develop technologies that will allow humans to travel safely and productively in space. Resources include news archives, research videos, areas of study (including the One-Year Mission / Twins Study), and HRP annual reports.
The Human Research Roadmap
Search and explore this web-based tool for accessing content included in HRP’s Integrated Research Plan—a risk reduction strategy intended to protect human health and performance during space exploration.
The National Space Biomedical Research Institute
Visit the official NSBRI website, and see how the team is working to find solutions to the healthcare concerns of long-duration human spaceflight and promote advances that will benefit health care on Earth. The NSBRI site also features funding opportunities, award applications, collaborations, news and events, and other details.
Space Biosciences (NASA Ames Research Center)
In this expansive link to the world-class R&D being conducted at Ames Research Center, watch space biosciences videos, learn about the latest bioscience missions, read the engineer’s blog, and find a variety of other information and resources.
Space Physical Sciences (Space Flight Systems—NASA Glenn Research Center)
Find information for physical sciences experiments and facilities, including project offices for exploration systems, program integration, space operations, space science, and space technology. This site also includes featured projects, directorate bios, and a list of acronyms.
Augment NASA website information with this extensive resource from Spaceflight Now, Inc. Covering much more than just ISS, this site includes space industry news, mission reports, and a launch schedule.
Spaceline’s ISS News
Complement the above resources with this NASA-funded news source of ISS events and research summaries relevant to NASA life science research. View NASA’s Space to Ground videos — a weekly update of what’s happening onboard the ISS — as well as status reports and the “Current Awareness List” of papers deriving from NASA support.
Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth
Search photos and collections, request new imagery, view the FAQ, subscribe to the email list, and more.
The NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES)
Search for NASA research opportunities and find information on getting started. Choose to search or browse open, closed, past, and future solicitation announcements, or find the registration info you need to take the first step toward submitting a research proposal to NASA.
External Payloads Proposer’s Guide
Use this guide from NASA to gain the level of understanding needed to develop a winning proposal to conduct research on the ISS. It also includes information that will help you optimize several facets of the proposal and research process, from reducing workload within the proposal development workforce, to improving the chances of the best science being done from the ISS.
Learn about the exciting programs and experiments that are part of the NASA and CASIS educational initiatives.
Also explore the ISS National Lab website for students, CASIS Academy, targeted toward ages 9-14:
HICO Image Processing System
The Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean (HICO) Image Processing System is a prototype cloud computing application for on-demand remote sensing image analysis and data visualization. Interactively select images and algorithms, dynamically launch analysis routines in the cloud, and see results displayed directly in an online map interface.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Browse basic and specific knowledge about the ISS Japanese experiment module “Kibo”. View a list of JAXA’s Utilization Themes, and browse by various categories, including physical science, life science, and applied utilization.
The European Space Agency (ESA)
Connect with ESA and find research areas, experiment archives, platforms and facilities, media, and other information related to human spaceflight and the ISS Research Program.
The Canadian Space Agency (CSA)
Learn about the CSA and Canada’s contributions to the ISS, particularly in robotics. Also find general information related to the role of the CSA as an international partner of the ISS and the latest health care advancements enabled by Canadian space technology.