Looking out the window of the International Space Station (ISS) and marveling at the beauty of our planet Earth, NASA astronaut Anne McClain tweeted, “Some views you don’t just see with your eyes, but rather you feel them in your soul.” From onboard the ISS, astronauts experience 16 sunrises and sunsets each day while orbiting 250 miles above the Earth at a speed of 17,500 miles per hour.
However, the ISS doesn’t just provide awe-inspiring views of our planet, it also provides a unique platform for valuable research to benefit the Earth—from experiments aimed at improving agricultural production to investigations with important sustainability applications, research on the atmosphere and climate, and studies focused on our oceans and waterways.
This Earth Day, learn more about some of the ways researchers are leveraging the ISS National Lab for important research to benefit our planet:
- “Supporting Water Sustainability From Space“
- “Saving the Planet Through Research Off the Planet“
- “Our Beautiful Blue World: Observing our Oceans From the Space Station“
- “Going Off the Ground With Agriculture Research“
- “A Blue Marble in Space: Studying Earth from the ISS“
- “MUSES Gives Users a Unique View of Earth“
- “Observing Ecosystems From Orbit: Evaluating Changes in Ecosystem Productivity Using Imagery From the Space Station“
- “Tropical Cyclone in Sight: Tracking Hurricanes & Typhoons From Space“
- “ISS National Lab Featured in Remote Sensing Magazine Apogeo Spatial“
- “Going to Space to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions on Earth“