ISS National Lab

International Space Station


The ISS U.S. National Laboratory is an orbiting platform for research, technology development, and education that inspires innovation and opportunities for discovery that benefit life on Earth, pushing the frontiers of scientific knowledge. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) has a mission to manage and provide access to this first and only National Laboratory in space, demonstrating to U.S. citizens and the world that space-based research is accessible, affordable, and capable of supporting R&D for far more than space exploration. It is the congressionally mandated mission of CASIS to maximize use of this unique laboratory as a means to accelerate knowledge and commercial development on Earth for the benefit of humankind.

The ISS National Lab inspires the next generation of explorers and innovators through initiatives focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and CASIS continues to mature its wide-ranging outreach strategies to engage new communities in these activities. In FY15, CASIS focused on national partnership development and other collaborative ways to maximize the inspiration and research capabilities of the ISS for students and educators across the country.