Current Experiments on the Station

Colloidal Science (BCAT-C1)

The BCAT-5 experiment set up in the Japanese Kibo Module of the International Space Station. BCAT-C1 will look similar. Credit: NASA

Colloids. From the paint on your walls to your salad dressing, colloids are commonplace. But why do we study them in space?

See BCAT-C1 section

Predicting fainting in astronauts (BP Reg)

Monitor astronauts' blood pressure to predict the risk of fainting (and taking a possibly crippling fall) back on Earth after long-duration spaceflights.

See BP Reg section

Space Medicine

Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield gives fellow astronauts the thumbs up during the first space walk (EVA-1) of the STS-100 mission. This digital picture was taken through the nadir window of the Destiny/U.S. Laboratory. (NASA)

Space medicine combines many medical specialties to examine the effects of spaceflight on humans and prevent problems associated with living in the unique, isolated, and extreme environment of space.

See Space Medicine section

Space Radiation and their Risks (Radi-N2)

Natural radiation can pose a serious health risk for astronauts on long-duration space missions like those on the International Space Station.

See Radi-N2 section

Taking the Shakes out of Experiments (MVIS)

(Photo: CSA)

MVIS will help protect the European Space Agency's Fluid Science Laboratory from the daily shakes and trembles on board the Space Station.

See MVIS section

The Secrets of Staying Healthy in Space... and on Earth (VASCULAR)

Astronauts returning from the International Space Station have stiffer blood vessels, a change similar to ageing on Earth. Do blood vessels age faster in space? (Photo: NASA)

Space-related cardiovascular research could help people with heart disease on Earth.

See VASCULAR (Cardio-fitness for astronauts and Earthlings) section