Special Programs : The International Space Station: Fostering Innovative Life Science Research to Benefit Humankind

jun 7, 2018: 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Room 254AB, Level 2

The International Space Station is arguably humankind’s greatest technical achievement. Orbiting some 250 miles above our planet, traveling at 17,500 miles per hour, and continuously habiting humans in microgravity for nearly 18 years, the space station is an engineering marvel unrivaled in its capabilities. Aside from housing astronauts who help to push the boundaries of technology and innovation, the space station has also been home to over 2,500 different science experiments, many of which represent life sciences and biotechnology. The one constant variable in laboratory settings on Earth is gravity. However, what if you were to remove that gravity variable for sustained periods of time? What could be discovered that wasn’t possible on Earth? Could the next great scientific breakthrough to benefit life on Earth be conducted from off our planet? Many researchers are now leveraging this unique facility to answer those very questions. And you might be surprised to hear that the space station is not just open to large companies, but is available to a myriad of researchers all interested in looking at science through a new lens.

Join this panel of experts and former NASA astronaut Terry Virts, as they touch on past, present, and future science taking place aboard the space station that could have impacts into the way we live here on Earth.