Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Space Station Scientist to Speak at Lafayette College

The chief scientist for NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) program, Julie A. Robinson, will give a talk entitled "Gravity: The Absolutely True Story of Scientific Discoveries and Engineering Achievements on the International Space Station" next Monday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Lafayette College's Colton Chapel.

Robinson has overseen the transition of the ISS laboratory from the assembly period, with just a few dozen active investigations, to full utilization, with hundreds of active investigations. She represents all space station users, including NASA-funded investigators, the new community of investigators using station as a National Laboratory, and the international research community.

Now in its third year of full science operations, the International Space Station is growing in impact. Major publications in fields including astrophysics, nanomaterials, combustion, microbiology and physiology have headlined ISS research results. Some of these discoveries and engineering applications are making their way back to Earth to benefit humankind.

The lecture will highlight some of the most dramatic discoveries and benefits, and talk about how scientists and engineers can access this amazing research facility.

The talk is free and open to the public.

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