What Can I Research?

The beauty of space research is that it can be integrated into any part of a science curriculum. From biology to physics to computer science, you can research the impacts of a space and microgravity environment on projects in any scientific field. Space research doesn’t have to be restricted to a solitary space unit in the classroom. It can be integrated into a science curriculum all year long!

Project Inspiration

These are some examples of research done in space. How can you take part?

Biology and Biotechnology

Did you know biological processes can be dramatically different in space compared to on Earth? Help us better understand areas such as cell and tissue growth or microorganism development in microgravity!

Earth and Space Science

Space data is one of the most valuable resources when it comes to better understanding Earth. Study anything from glaciers to coral reefs to monitoring humanitarian crises.

Human Health

How will humans survive on Mars? Your space research can contribute to NASA’s biggest mission yet: bringing humans to Mars.

Physical Sciences

Uncover hidden aspects of physics and study how to create better materials for use on Earth and in space. Revolutionize the products that you use everyday!

Technology

We need next-gen technology for next-gen exploration. Test electronics, robotics, and futuristic materials to prepare humans for deep space travels.

Plant Sciences
& Biology

The ability of plants to provide a source of food and recycle carbon dioxide into breathable oxygen may prove critical for astronauts who will live in space for months at a time. In addition, plants provide a sense of well-being.

NASA and the European Space Agency, or ESA, are studying how plants adapt to micro- and low-gravity environments in a series of experiments designed to determine the ability of vegetation to provide a complete, sustainable, dependable and economical means for human life support in space. As researchers continue to gain new knowledge of how plants grow and develop at a molecular level, this insight also may lead to significant advances in agriculture production on Earth.

[Source: NASA]

Lakewood High School

Hydrofuge

How do you overcome the behavior of water in microgravity and how it creates root rot in a plant system? Water collects or clumps together in microgravity and the centrifuge concept Hydrofuge spins the plant to dissipate the collection of water around the roots that oversaturates.

Hydrofuge on ISS

See basil grown in space, inside a NanoLab

Lakewood Hydrofuge

Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart

Algae Production in Microgravity

Duchesne students studied how different wavelengths of light, representing different colors, affect photosynthesis in a species of algae in the space environment. If a preferred color is identified, people will be able to grow algae faster in space, which is useful considering algae can be very useful in producing fuel.

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SPRK: Schools, Parents, Robots, Kids

Partnered with Edge of Space, Sphero wants to know if your favorite BB8 robot works in space. Sphero’s education team has sought to find out how their robotics systems work in microgravity to better understand future technology in space (while also getting students excited!)

Sphero in Space

Click the SPRK to learn more!

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Technology Drives
Exploration

Space technology advances the future of exploration, science and our understanding of the universe. Our students are helping NASA and professionals seeks to improve our ability to access and travel through space; land  in more locations throughout the solar system; live and work in deep space, and answer profound questions in earth and space sciences.

Fremont Christian School

Who doesn't love robots?

Thirteen students enrolled in a Space Engineering class at Fremont Christian studied the effects of microgravity on a remotely controlled micro-robot named PI (Programmable Intelligence).

Meet the students behind the project

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St. Thomas More

The First Primary School CubeSat

All 400 students in pre-K to 8th grade participated in the design, building, and testing of STMSat-1. The satellite photographs Earth and transmits images back to Earth where St. Thomas More students share the images with more than 10,0000  grade school students around the world.

First Elementary School CubeSat

Deployed from ISS in May 2016

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University of Central Florida

NanoRocks

Nanorocks flew to the ISS on Space-X 4 in early 2014. The experiment chamber consists of 8 sample cells containing different populations of micro-scale particles. The samples are periodically agitated to induce low-velocity collisions. This experiment studies the collisions at the formation of the solar system that eventually created the planets and other celestial objects, like planetary rings.

 

 

NanoRocks Experiment Tray

Click to watch experiment in action!

Earth &
Space Science

Our Earth and space environment are constantly changing. Space provides a unique vantage point to collect Earth hand space science data. Contribute to our understanding of the world we live in and the space environment around us. Students can study anything from glaciers and coral reefs to monitoring humanitarian crises or studying solar activity.

 

Before you get started, check out our hardware

Whether you are interested in making a mixture tube experiment, or using electronics and cameras in a NanoLab, there are a lot of important steps along the way. Check out our hardware, and then be sure to get in touch to get started!

Want Even More Ideas? We've got you covered.

Every single experiment we’ve launched to the Space Station via NanoRacks is listed with NASA. Click below to see the full scope – down to investigators, hypothesis, mission goals, and more.

Fly With Us

myLAUNCH Experience

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Watch Your Research Fly

Get that research ready and loaded onto your favorite rocket. Whether flying on a SpaceX Falcon 9, Northrop Grumman’s Antares, or ULA’s Atlas 5, the experience will be breathtaking. We work with our partners at NanoRacks to safely get your experiment onto the rocket, so all you have to do is sit back, relax, and watch your dreams fly. DreamUp offers a VIP experience like no other.

"It Was Beautiful"

For the team members to hear it and actually be there with each other to see our reactions, it was honestly the best thing. Everybody was so happy, and it was so beautiful.

Gabriella Melendez
Student Researcher
Where rockets launch and inspiration begins.

Kennedy Space Center, Florida

The countdown to liftoff begins with the flash of fire and smoke as the rocket engines ignite. Initially, ascent seems slower than it should as the rocket fuel does its job of propelling giant machinery toward space. Seconds later, the rocket soars overhead as the delayed rumble of the engines becomes a roar that vibrates through the landscape and the viewers close enough to feel the effects.

View the past, present, and future of space exploration.

Wallops Island, Virginia

Wallops Flight Facility has hosted more than 16,000 rocket launches, and most recently, began hosting Northrop Grumman’s Antares rockets that are destined for the International Space Station. Wallops has been operational since 1945 on the Eastern Shore, a quiet place of natural beauty. Rich history graces the area with historic homes, churches, museums, and landmarks inviting visitors to explore the past while they watch the future liftoff into space. 

Build Your Launch Experience Program

Whether as a research team, or as a strategic partner, we are ready to build out an experience custom for you.
Let's Get Mixing

MixStix

MixStix are our most basic research platform. These mixture enclosure tube allow students to test out biologicals, materials, chemicals, and more inside the chambers. Our most basic tubes allow astronauts to activate the tubes by hands, and our more advanced platform is automated, which allowed for more precise movements and measurements.

Experiment Not Included

NanoLabs

NanoLabs are our most powerful platform. Imagine a box — and then think outside of the box. Any experiment you can dream of, within NASA safety precautions of course, can be done inside this box. The box is ready with power and data, and you dream up the rest! Students have studied everything from materials, plant growth to biological processes, bacteria and more.

Überflieger NanoLab

An Überflieger NanoLab ready for the lab

We appreciate proper lab safety, but your NanoLab experiment should be contained entirely inside of the enclosure.

Credit: NASA

A CubeSat Deploying from the International Space Station

Orbit the Earth

CubeSats

These small satellites are about the size of a loaf of bread (or smaller!) and deploy from the International Space Station. But they come with big power. From a CubeSat you can observe climate, ship tracking, on the ground developments, and more. CubeSats are the most complicated of our offerings — they require a satellite bus, radios and government licenses. Learn more about what it takes to develop and launch a CubeSat in NASA’s CubeSat 101 Guide. Are you ready to take on the challenge? We’ll work with you every step of the way to make it happen.

The ISS: Your Destination

Students and classrooms all over the world can now test their experiments in space.
Dare To Dream

It's Your Chance to Research In Space

Think outside the box. What discovery can you make in space? Now, think about how you will fit that idea inside an experiment box. Challenge accepted? Then let’s get started! 

Researching in space is exciting, challenging, unique and magical. With a touch of engineering, physics, mathematics and creativity, you can be the one making the next great discovery in space. Our researchers range from as young as elementary school, and all the way up to college and beyond. Grab your favorite science teacher, and see how you can research on Blue Origin’s New Shepard Space Vehicle and on the International Space Station! 

An Orbiting Classroom

International Space Station

The Most Unique Lab In The World

Research on the universe’s only in-orbit laboratory. The possibilities are endless when you take away gravity! 

Launch On A Big Rocket

DreamUp experiments are launched via NanoRacks on International Space Station Resupply Missions – so you can be on a SpaceX or Northrop Grumman rocket up to space!

...And Then Come Back Home!

Bring your research back to Earth on the SpaceX Dragon vehicle and we’ll have it shipped to your classroom to analyze.

Astronauts!

Astronauts on board the Space Station will run your experiment and follow specifics directions that you send to them. 

Spend A Long Time In Space...

A standard mission runs about 28 days in space – but perhaps your research will take longer? We can make that happen.

You Decide The Science

Want to see how plants grow in space? Or maybe how bacteria develops? Or perhaps how medicine changes in space? It’s all possible when using NanoLabs, MixStix, and more on the Space Station.