Sunday, August 31, 2014

Latest on How the International Space Station (ISS) Benefits Us

Hey Space Placers!

Got this from NASA contacts a few days ago and wanted to share it with you. I hope you will tune in to the links as they really show how ISS benefits us here on Earth.

From NASA:

Always on the lookout for good products and content to share, we’re pleased to share a video that highlights how the International Space Station is impacting the lives of people around the globe through its evolving role as a groundbreaking platform for scientific research. We are finding that many people are quite interested in the benefits of space for life on Earth.
The newest of the "Benefits to Humanity" video series, this 6 minute video takes you on the high seas of the frigid Atlantic for a glimpse at how technology onboard the space station is making travel on the waves a safer place - watch the video here - and please share it with others at your site, professionals in your field, and even your family and friends!
In a nutshell, the Vessel-ID System investigation on the ISS demonstrates the ability for a space-based radio receiver to track a ship’s Automatic Identification System (AIS) signal, the marine equivalent of the air traffic control system. Since being turned on in 2010, Vessel-ID has been able to relay more than 400,000 ship position reports from more than 22,000 ships in a single day, proving a quantum leap in the ship tracking ability of coast guards around the world. This ability, coupled with multiple AIS tracking satellites launched since, is already making travel safer for those aboard thousands of ships around the globe. The ship identification and tracking system technology already aided in orienting rescue services for a lone survivor stranded in the North Sea, giving new hope to once impossible situations.
In earlier videos of the "Space Station Benefits for Humanity" series, NASA showed how the station’s water purification technology is used to provide clean, safe drinking water to an area plagued by contaminated water. You met doctors who use a life changing tool in neurosurgery adapted from the station’s complex robotic arm, the same “arm” used to lift huge cargo ships on the orbiting laboratory. And, we introduced the next generation of explorers inspired to create and learn more because of a virtual connection to the astronauts living and working in space. All of these videos are readily available for use at museums, science centers, and other venues.
Take a few minutes to see how the International Space Station is working – Off the Earth, For the Earth.
Find out more about science aboard the International Space Station at

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