Space Biology and Physical Sciences Research Highlights

Research Highlights of selected Space Biology and Physical Sciences research (PDF) are available for download at the links below. This page will be updated as more research highlights are produced.

In addition, archived Research Highlights of selected Space Biology and Physical Sciences research (PDF) are available for download at the links below the 2015-2017 highlights. Research Highlights were produced from 1999-2003, by NASA's Office of Biological and Physical Research, a predecessor to the Space Biology & Physical Sciences Divisions.

Space Biology Publications FY 2023 (November 2023)
Space Biology Publications Fiscal Year 2022 (November 2022)
Space Biology Publications Fiscal Year 2021 (November 2021)
Space Biology Publications Fiscal Year 2020 (October 2020)
Space Biology Publications Fiscal Year 2019 (November 2019)
Space Biology Publications Fiscal Year 2018 (October 2018)
Space Biology Publications Fiscal Year 2017 (October 2017)
Space Biology Publications Fiscal Year 2016 (October 2016)
Ferl/Paul: Spaceflight Allows Botanists To Probe Fundamental Questions About Plants (May 2016)
Hughes-Fulford: Microgravity Offers a Unique Opportunity to Study Human Immune Function (April 2016)
Space Biology Publications Fiscal Year 2015 (October 2015)
Beckingham/Kimbrell: Space Flies Model How Gravity Affects the Human Immune System (October 2015)
Collins: Spaceflight Promotes Unique Bacterial Biofilm Structure (October 2015)
Gilroy: Growing Plants in Spaceflight Could Help Reveal How They Sense Their World (July 2015)
Nickerson: Studying Infections in Space to Help Provide Better Medicine Back on Earth (May 2015)
Mehta/Pierson: Research on Latent Virus Reactivation Helps Keep Astronauts and the Public Healthy (May 2015)
Microbial Observatory: “Observing” Microorganisms on ISS Leads to a Novel Understanding of Life on Earth (May 2015)
Task Book: Web Site Makes NASA-Supported Research Information Easily Available (March 2015)

Archived Research Highlights

2003 (Cohen/Meck): Standing up to Gravity: Drug Shows Promise as Treatment for Orthostatic Intolerance in Astronauts
2003 (Ferl/Paul): Transgenic Plants Help Answer Questions about the Effects of Space Flight on Plant Biology
2003 (Lueptow): A Novel Technique for Wastewater Filtration in Space and on Earth
2003 (Moorman): Establishing a Critical Period for Vestibular Development
2003 (Poovaiah): Research Offers New Biochemical Insights into How Plants Perceive and Respond to Gravity
2003 (Rubin/Judex): A Little Shake Up for Healthy Bones
2003 Space Radiation, Part 1: Understanding the Problem
2003 Space Radiation, Part 2: Learning from Experiments in Space
2003 (Tuskegee Advanced Life Support (ALS) -- Egnin/Mortley): Genetic Research Produces a More Nutritious Sweet Potato
2003 (Wang): Uncovering Genetic Changes to Explain the Effects Observed During Space Flight and Aging
2001 (Alberts/Ronca): Space Flight Studies Explore Role of Gravity in Mammalian Development
2001 (Angelaki): Studies Yield New Insights into How the Brain Distinguishes Gravity from Movements of the Body
2001 (Black): Astronaut Study Sheds Light on Role of Balance Organs in Posture Control
2001 (Chutjian): NASA Scientists Develop World’s Smallest, Lightest, High-Performance Mass Spectrometer
2001 (Korfiatis): New Technology Uses “Cold” Plasma to Break Down Pollutants, Produce Cleaner Air
2001 (Lackner): Studies of Artificial Gravity Yield Insights into Importance of Touch in Motor Control
2001 (Nickerson): “Modeled Microgravity” Increases Virulence of Common Bacterial Pathogen
2001 (Ryan): Sniffing Out Air Quality with an Electronic Nose
2001 (Tash): Gravity Shown to Affect Sperm Function and Fertilization
2001 (Thomas): Remote Cardiac Monitoring in the Internet Age
2000 (Edgerton): Space Research Is Enhancing Our Understanding of the Control of Muscle and Movement and Aiding Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries
2000 (Kanas): Psychosocial Effects of Long-Duration Space Flight Analyzed in Shuttle/Mir Studies
2000 (Musgrave): Researchers Achieve Breakthrough by Growing Plants from "Seed to Seed" in Space
2000 (Newman): Designing a Space Suit to Meet the Challenges of Long-Term Exploration Missions
2000 (Purdy): Overproduction of Nitric Oxide May Cause Astronauts’ Fainting Spells
2000 (Ross): Virtual Reality Meets Real-World Medicine
2000 (Sams): NASA-Supported Research Illuminates Effects of Microgravity on Human Immune System
2000 (Stone): Eye Tracking Studies Bring Visual Perception Models into Focus
1999 (Alfrey): Space Flight Experiments Lead to Discovery of Previously Unknown Process that Causes Destruction of Red Blood Cells
1999 (Baldwin): Space-Based Research Yields New Understanding of Muscle Development
1999 (Fitts): Research on Muscle Fibers Sheds Light on Why Muscles Weaken in Space and on Earth
1999 (Ingber): Research Offers Intriguing Evidence that Mechanical Forces Regulate Cell Function
1999 (Kiss): Shuttle Experiments Are Improving Our Understanding of How Plants Perceive Gravity
1999 (Masson): How Plants Respond to Gravity: NASA-Supported Researchers Find Genetic Clues
1999 (Robertson): Study of Orthostatic Intolerance After Space Flight Leads to Ground-Breaking Discovery of Genetic Defect in Earth-Based Patients
1999 (Stein): Research on Recovery after Space Flight May Help Earth-Bound Patients Recover from Bed Rest
1999 (Vandenburgh): Research on Muscle Atrophy in Space Points Way to Clinical Applications