A virtual panel discussion will highlight the research capabilities of the in-orbit laboratory
(NASA) – NASA astronaut Victor Glover, along with representatives from NASA and the U.S. National Laboratory on the International Space Station, will participate in a virtual panel discussion at 1 p.m. EST on Wednesday, February 2, to highlight the research capabilities of the in-orbit laboratory and share progress in space research and technology development.
Destination Station is designed to educate attendees on how space station research benefits life on Earth, inspires the next generation of researchers and explorers, and enables a robust market in low Earth orbit.
This will be the third virtual version of the event due to the coronavirus pandemic. NASA has been hosting in-person Destination Station events across the country for a decade, and virtual editions allow potential researchers and the public around the world to connect to this free forum.
With Glover, the virtual panel will include:
■ Jennifer Buchli, Deputy Chief Scientist, NASA International Space Station Program
■ Christine Kretz, Vice President of Programs and Partnerships, ISS US National Laboratory
■ Liz Warren, Senior Program Manager, ISS US National Laboratory
Glover, a California native, recently spent six months aboard the International Space Station as part of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission, the first crew rotation mission aboard a commercial spacecraft. He was the pilot of the Crew Dragon.
Throughout their mission, the astronauts of Crew-1 have contributed to scientific investigations and technological demonstrations, from studying the development of protein crystals to advance the discovery of new drugs, to demonstrating technologies for ‘robotic assistants, their work advances the exploration of the universe while bringing benefits to Earth.
They also grew crops in the Advanced Plant Habitat and Veggie plant growth facilities and performed tests on a new method of producing semiconductor crystals.
Astronauts provided hundreds of photos of Earth as part of the Crew Earth Observation survey, one of the longest surveys aboard the space station, which helps track natural disasters and changes to our planet of origin.
The crew also tested a new tape dispenser, designed and produced by students as part of High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware, during the mission.
Glover performed its first four spacewalks during the mission to connect cables to the recently installed Bartolomeo science platform, prepare the station for upcoming solar panel upgrades, maintain the cooling system of the station and perform other station maintenance tasks.
Research aboard the unique microgravity lab is split between advancing science and technology to enable NASA missions to advance human spaceflight to the Moon and Mars and deliver benefits to life on Earth through research from the US National Laboratory on the ISS, which the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space manages.
For more than 21 years, the International Space Station has been permanently manned, enabling more than 2,400 researchers to facilitate more than 3,000 different experiments in various fields, including biology, biotechnology, human health, space and physical sciences. and technology.
The Biden-Harris administration has announced its commitment to extending International Space Station operations through 2030 to allow groundbreaking space research to continue for the remainder of this decade.
Media interested in separate one-on-one interviews with Glover, Buchli, Warren, or Kretz should email Megan Dean at: [email protected] no later than three hours prior to the start of the event.
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