NASA To Share Research Opportunities On ISS In The Portland Area
The International Space Station has been in orbit since 1998 and the first crew arrived aboard in 2000. Since then, the space station has been manned at all times for the last 17 years. This in itself is an amazing feat space agencies from different countries have achieved.
The European Space Agency, Russia's Roscosmos, and NASA collaboratively maintain and operate the ISS. The astronauts aboard the ISS are tasked with performing various research and experiments to better understand the effects and nature of micro gravity.
The general populace is largely unaware of the different research that is conducted on the ISS. So, to educate people on the fields of study and scientific experiments that are currently underway and also inform them of future studies, NASA will share its future plans for ISS research with Portland area residents from June 20 to June 23.
NASA To Share Research Opportunity Aboard The ISS
Oregon native Astronaut Don Pettit, along with Center for the Advancement of Science in Space's or CASIS, Commercial Innovation director Cynthia Bouthot, and ISS scientist Camille Alleyne will spearhead this NASA initiative.
On Tuesday, June 20, Pettit alongside other NASA representatives will visit the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. They will give presentations that elaborate on life aboard the ISS. Officials will also share some of the science studies, which are being conducted on the space station.
On Wednesday, June 21, CASIS and NASA members will elaborate on the many commercial opportunities which the research and experiment on the ISS offers at the Adidas headquarters.
On Thursday, June 22, NASA and CASIS officials will head to Nike's headquarters, where they would discuss future research opportunities with its representatives.
On Friday, June 23, NASA and CASIS officials will visit the Columbia Sportswear headquarters and FLIR Systems.
Interesting Facts About The ISS
The ISS was created by assembling smaller modules in space. The first module of this kind was launched by the Russian space agency in November 1998 and was called the Zarya control module. Couple of weeks after Zarya's launch, the Endeavour space shuttle was launched and carried the U.S. Unity node. This node was attached to the Zarya module by Endeavour's crew members.
This expansion of the space station continued and finally on November 2, 2000, the ISS was big enough to support a crew. Since then, the ISS has always maintained a steady working crew. The complete construction of the ISS ended in 2011.
The ISS can support a six-member crew plus visitors. Currently, the station's residents include NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson, Randolph Bresnik, and Jack Fisher, along with Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy, and ESA's Paolo Nespoli.
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