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Watch Live Tuesday @ 8am ET: International Space Station Research & Development Conference

The International Space Station (ISS) Research & Development Conference will take place in Washington, D.C. from Monday (July 17) to Thursday (July 20). Scientists, industry officials and members of the academic community will come together to discuss how the ISS can be used to advance scientific discovery into the future. You can watch it live in the window above, courtesy of NASA TV.

Below is the schedule of events that will be shown on NASA TV. A complete list of speakers and events can be found at https://www.issconference.org/agenda/.

Tuesday, July 18

  • 8 a.m. Welcome and Opening
  • 8:30 a.m. Morning Keynote: Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX), Chair, Subcommittee on Space, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
  • 9:45 a.m. Benefits for Humanity / Innovations on the ISS
  • 11 a.m. Revolutionizing Science from Ground to Orbit Featuring NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins
  • 12:15 p.m. Luncheon Keynote: Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee
  • 4:30 p.m. ISS Exploration Technologies

Wednesday, July 19

  • 8:30 a.m. Morning Keynote: Robert Lightfoot, NASA Acting Administrator
  • 9:00 a.m. Perspectives on Space Policy
  • 10:30 a.m. – Keynote: Robert T. Bigelow, Founder and President, Bigelow Aerospace
  • 12:30 p.m. – An Innovation Discussion with Elon Musk

Thursday, July 20

  • 9:30 a.m. Commercial Space – It Is More Than Just Transportation
  • 11:15 a.m. STEM on Station: How the ISS National Lab is Influencing Students and Educators in STEM Education

From NASA:

“NASA astronauts, scientists and engineers will join industry and academia for a three-day, in-depth conversation about the International Space Station (ISS) as a catalyst for discovery during the sixth annual ISS Research & Development Conference July 17-20 in Washington. Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot will provide the morning keynote on Wednesday, July 19. 

“See the conference agenda for a full list of topics and speakers. Keynote addresses and panels from the conference will be broadcast on NASA TV and the agency’s website.

“The conference, hosted by the American Astronautical Society and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), in cooperation with NASA, brings together leaders from industry, academia and government. Attendees will explore innovations and breakthroughs in microgravity research; life sciences; materials development; technology development; human health and remote sensing; the potential applications for space-based research; and the economic benefits of increased commercial activity in low-Earth orbit.

“NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, who tested an innovative technology in orbit that may improve medical diagnoses in space and on Earth, will provide a keynote presentation. Rubins completed her first spaceflight in 2016, and was the first person to sequence DNA in space. The technology she used could help diagnose potentially fatal diseases in remote locations, including during long space voyages. Rubins also grew heart cells in orbit, performing real-time analysis and experiments.

“NASA and CASIS, both manage and fund research on the space station, will provide overviews of research applications, external and internal capabilities, and upcoming opportunities.

“During the Monday, July 17 preconference day, NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will host a joint workshop covering the achievements and opportunities tied to cooperative use of unique JAXA experiment hardware for joint research.

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