- NASA's Physical Sciences Research Program, along with its predecessors, has conducted significant fundamental and applied research in the physical sciences. The International Space Station (ISS) is an orbiting laboratory that provides an ideal facility to conduct long-duration experiments in the near absence of gravity and allows continuous and interactive research similar to Earth-based laboratories. This enables scientists to pursue innovations and discoveries not currently achievable by other means. NASA's Physical Sciences Research Program also benefits from collaborations with several of the ISS international partners—Europe, Russia, Japan, and Canada—and foreign governments with space programs, such as France, Germany and Italy.
Research Area Description Biophysics biological macromolecules, biomaterials, biological physics and fluids for Biology Combustion Science spacecraft fire safety, droplets, gaseous - premixed and non-premixed, solid fuels, and supercritical reacting fluids Complex Fluids colloids, foams, gels, granular flows and liquid crystals Fluid Physics adiabatic two-phase flow, boiling and condensation, capillary flow and interfacial phenomena, and cryogenic storage and handling Fundamental Physics space optical/atomic clocks, quantum test of equivalence principle, cold atom physics, critical point phenomena, and dusty plasmas Materials Science glasses and ceramics, granular materials, metals, polymers and organics, and semiconductors
- NASA’s Physical Sciences Research Program is carried out at the Glenn Research Center (GRC), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC).
- Space Life and Physical Sciences Division 2012 - present
- ISS Research Project 2006-2012
- Advanced Life Support - Life Support and Habitation Program 2004-2006
- Office of Biological and Physical Research Program 1998-2004
- Microgravity Research Program 1984-1998