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Exploration-Related Research on the International Space Station: Connecting Science Results to the Design of Future MissionsIn January, 2004, the US President announced a vision for space exploration, and charged NASA with utilizing the International Space Station (ISS) for research and technology targeted at supporting the US space exploration goals. This paper describes: 1) what we have learned from the first four years of research on ISS relative to the exploration mission, 2) the on-going research being conducted in this regard, 3) our current understanding of the major exploration mission risks that the ISS can be used to address, and 4) current progress in realigning NASA s research portfolio for ISS to support exploration missions. Specifically, we discuss the focus of research on solving the perplexing problems of maintaining human health on long-duration missions, and the development of countermeasures to protect humans from the space environment, enabling long duration exploration missions. The interchange between mission design and research needs is dynamic, where design decisions influence the type of research needed, and results of research influence design decisions. The fundamental challenge to science on ISS is completing experiments that answer key questions in time to shape design decisions for future exploration. In this context, exploration-relevant research must do more than be conceptually connected to design decisions-it must become a part of the mission design process.
Document ID
20060023354
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Rhatigan, Jennifer L.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Robinson, Julie A.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Sawin, Charles F.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Ahlf, Peter R.
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2005
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
Meeting Information
15th IAA Humans in Space Symposium(Graz)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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