How many times do we see an innovation and think, "Of course! Why didn't I think of that?" Our minds start turning towards thoughts of our own invention, sparking ideas and building possibilities. This type of inspiration is the concept behind the International Space Station Program Science Office's new 15-book Researcher's Guide Series. When scientists see what their colleagues have going on in orbit, their mental wheels may begin to speed up!
"Our goal is to encourage investigators to propose new research and potentially make discoveries that they could not make in an Earth-based lab," said Amelia Rai, International Space Station Program Office scientific communications specialist and project manager for the research guides. "We have the unique opportunity with these books to increase utilization of the space station as a national laboratory. The guides are part of a strategic plan to educate potential users of the space station platform on how they could transfer their ground-based experiments to space."
Organized by discipline, the books detail on-orbit studies and facilities to prompt new investigations. Scientists who might not have considered microgravity research before may be only a book away from getting a light bulb moment of their own.
"Our target audience is scientists who have not yet done space research, but who are experienced in discipline research in their own laboratories," said Rai. "In addition, we are targeting systems experts who might not be aware of opportunities to use space station as an engineering test bed."
The first part of the series launched online on May 14 with three books already available for download in pdf format and online viewing. These include Technology Demonstration, Microbial Research, and Earth Observations. The first book made its official debut at the July 2013 ISS Research and Development Conference in Denver, with the latter two debuting at the 2014 conference in Chicago in
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