Science on the International Space Station
Peacock, Michael Florida Institute of Technology, Merritt Island, Florida.
- Columbus laboratory module
- ISS achieves 6-person crew capability
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
The year 2008 marked a significant milestone in the construction of the International Space Station (ISS) with the addition of two new laboratory complexes intended to greatly expand the resources available on-orbit for scientific experimentation and observation. Both the Kibo complex built by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Columbus Orbiting Facility (COF) produced by the European Space Agency (ESA) will add to the existing capabilities of the U.S. Destiny laboratory module to provide a platform for investigations in such diverse fields as astrophysics, biology, material sciences, and Earth climate observation. With these additions the ISS is now finally able to realize its original vision as a long-duration, general-purpose laboratory for performing scientific experiments requiring human interaction in a space environment for the benefit and advancement of humankind.
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