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IMAGE: A researcher at NASA's Space Radiation Laboratory sets up an experiment.

A researcher sets up an experiment at NASA's Space Radiation Laboratory, which is located at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y.

Though they remain on Earth, researchers take part in space-related activities every day. They work together to make life in space safe and healthy, to learn how to use the microgravity environment of space to create new materials and products and to understand our own bodies and how they adapt to new environments.

This research is not only important for future space travelers, but to the development of new materials and products here on Earth, including some directly related to making people's lives healthier and safer.

NASA's Space Radiation Laboratory
To ensure the safety of spacecraft crews, NASA biologists and physicists will perform thousands of experiments at the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory, which is located at the Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y. The laboratory is one of the few facilities that can simulate the harsh space radiation environment.

Facilities and Projects

Baseline Data Collection Facility
Researchers from Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, are taking advantage of a Kennedy Space Center, Fla., facility to test returning Expedition crewmembers' balance, mobility and eye coordination.

Current Space Station Experiments
Scientists are taking advantage of the microgravity environment to perform longterm experiments aboard the International Space Station.

Earth Studies
Scientists study NASA's high-resolution photographs of the ever-changing Earth to learn about the planetary processes that affect its ecology.

The People of Research

IMAGE: Jeneene Sams

As a market segment manager for NASA's Space Product Development Program, Jeneene Sams brings the benefits of space research to people on Earth.
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Ground Operation Centers
Scientists with research projects aboard the International Space Station can choose where their ground operations will be based.

Long-Duration Space Flight
The Human Space Science Critical Path Road Map identifies the dangers of space flight to the human body and seeks to shows the steps required to mitigating those dangers.

NASA Research Opportunities
NASA has several mechanisms by which scientists can apply to participate in space research.

Space Radiation Health Project
The purpose and vision of NASA’s Space Radiation Health Project is to achieve human exploration and development of space without exceeding an acceptable level of risk from exposure to space radiation.

Station Facilities
Some space station experiments are facility-class payloads, and all experiments are located in accommodations specifically equipped to provide whatever resources are required.

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Research Reference

Science @ NASA
Experiments in space are relevant to people on Earth.

Meet the People

From investigating crew health and supporting research on the Russian Space Station Mir to training John Glenn for a return trip to orbit and overseeing the STS-107 science mission, Charles has worked to discover and solve the challenges that will arise as humans take the next step into space.
As a young woman, Sharon Cobb became fascinated with materials when she watched molten metal being formed into huge shapes at a steel foundry in Birmingham, Ala., where her father worked. Today, she is the lead scientist developing an important facility for studying materials in the International Space Station.
Making sure astronauts stay healthy in space is the job of hundreds of people at NASA. One of those people is Dr. Scott M. Smith, the lead for the Nutritional Biochemistry Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
As a manager for NASA's Space Product Development Program, Jeneene Sams brings the benefits of space back to people on Earth.
As a lead scientist for the International Space Station, John Uri makes sure experiments are conducted as planned and that scientists are satisfied with the operations and results of their experiments.

Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: Amiko Kauderer | Updated: 07/01/2009
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