NASA outs Space Station Research Explorer app

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NASA has launched an app dubbed Space Station Research Explorer app that will allow you to know more about the International Space Station (ISS) including onboard experiments, facilities and research results through videos, photos, interactive media alongside in-depth descriptions.

The Space Station Research Explorer app has an experiments section which contains six categories and their subcategories. Experiments are depicted 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 can drill down to see specific experiments within the categories and subcategories or search for a specific experiment or subject using the search option. Experiment descriptions consist of links, images and publications, if available. The experiments section can be further narrowed by selecting a specific expedition and sponsor.

The facilities section provides an interior view of three of the station modules; Columbus, Kibo, and Destiny. The benefits section provides information on human health, earth benefits and global education. Selecting a section allows the benefits to be investigated further. The media section provides access to three tabs: podcasts, games, and videos.

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The games section contains a game that introduces players to the differences in gravity when tossing a ball. Podcasts contains links to Nasa ScienceCasts and videos contains links to Science related videos.

The last section contains links to other Space station research sites and NASA applications.

The space station is just over 72 m long by 108 m wide and 20 m high; it is maintained at an orbital altitude of between 330 km and 435 km and travels at an average speed of 27,724 kilometres per hour.

The ISS serves as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory in which crew members conduct experiments in biology, human biology, physics, astronomy, meteorology and other fields.