Site Focuses on ISS Benefits for Researchers and Businesses
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (May 18, 2012) – Today, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the nonprofit organization managing research on the International Space Station (ISS), announced the unveiling of a new website (www.iss-casis.org) that will serve as a portal for researchers, businesses, educators and students to discover the unique opportunities available to them on board the ISS U.S. National Laboratory.
The new website enables visitors to become members of the CASIS community, allowing them access to proposal submission announcements, ISS research materials, networking opportunities with implementation partners and funding sources, printable research, business and educational fact sheets, videos, blogs and much more. The website also provides white papers on areas that show the most potential for benefiting mankind through the use of microgravity and other unique variables made possible only by space-based research.
CASIS makes it possible to achieve space-based research by providing access to funding, launch providers, experiment processors, project management teams, administrative support personnel and educational tools.
“We look forward to sharing unique CASIS resources with the research community to enable maximum utilization of the ISS U.S. National Lab, our nation’s most unique research platform,” said CASIS Interim Executive Director Jim Royston. “We want researchers, scientists, businesses and educators to know that CASIS is their gateway to the ISS, and the new CASIS website provides a robust tool to do so.”
About CASIS: The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) was selected by NASA in July 2011 to maximize use of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory through 2020. CASIS is dedicated to supporting and accelerating innovations and new discoveries that will enhance the health and wellbeing of people and our planet. The CASIS goal is to bring the magic of space down to earth. For more information, visit www.iss-casis.org.
About the ISS National Laboratory: In 2005, Congress designated the U.S. portion of the International Space Station as the nation's newest national laboratory to maximize its use for improving life on Earth, promoting collaboration among diverse users and advancing STEM education. This unique laboratory environment is available for use by other U.S. government agencies and by academic and private institutions, providing access to the permanent microgravity setting, vantage point in low earth orbit and varied environments of space. The ISS National Laboratory Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center currently facilitates research initiatives on board the station’s National Lab, but management of America’s only in-orbit laboratory is transitioning to CASIS.
Tina Lange, APR