Those interested in knowing more about the International Space Station (ISS) can now use the newly launched app called the Space Station Research Explorer to learn about the hundreds of experiments being carried out there and a lot more. The crew members of this microgravity Environment in Space conduct experiments in biology, physics, astronomy and meteorology. The app will now provide information about all their experiments, facilities and research results through interactive media, video, and in-depth descriptions.
This Space Station Research Explorer app has many sections. The experiments section, for instance, has six categories and further subcategories. Experiments are shown as dots within the category system and stems connecting the dots to the system depict the length of time the experiment spent on orbit.
“Users of the app can drill down to see specific experiments within the categories and subcategories or use the search feature for information on a specific experiment or subject.”
Besides the experiments section, there are Benefits and Facility sections too. The latter allows users to view three station modules (Columbus, Kibo, and Destiny) while the former gives access to “information regarding human health, earth benefits and global education.”
In addition to that, there is a media section in the app which allows users to access podcasts, games and videos. The videos section contains numerous science related videos, games and podcasts relating to the space station and its crew. Further, the app also provides an exhaustive list of links by clicking on which users are redirected to other Space Station Research Sites, and various other NASA Applications.
The ISS orbits our planet from a height varying from 330 to 435 kilometers above its surface at a speed of more than 27,000 kilometers an hour. The 72 meter by 108 meter long facility, as a result, revolves around our planet several times during the course of a day giving those stationed aboard it the enviable chance to see dozens of sunrises and sunsets every day. The supplies are replenished regularly by the European Space Agency, NASA, and the Russian Federation’s space agency. Earlier this week, a wrench was sent to them via an email!