SXSW 2019

Experimenting in a Microgravity Lab


Tissue engineering. Fluid dynamics. Combustion. Plasma. Hear why scientists are sending experiments into low earth orbit and what we learn from conducting research in the microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The most basic phenomena on Earth can change 250 miles above its surface. Even cells can grow differently in microgravity, potentially allowing researchers to figure out ways to bioengineer replacement body parts for Earth-dwellers. Research experiments aboard the ISS promise to advance future crewed space exploration, enhance our understanding of life on Earth and may one day help us treat ailments and preserve fragile ecosystems.

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  1. The conditions of a microgravity environment allow us to learn more about the most basic physical properties on Earth.
  2. Earth-based scientists have to think outside the box to prepare research experiments for the low Earth orbit environment.
  3. Advances in tissue engineering and combustion discovered in International Space Station experiments prepare us for deep space travel.



Stephanie Farmer, Logistics Coordinator, National Science Foundation

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Intelligent Future
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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