Behind-The-Scenes: How Marshall Makes Science Happen in Space

Published on Sep 13, 2018
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Behind-The-Scenes: How Marshall Makes Science Happen in Space

In their own words, hear how our payload flight controllers help astronauts conduct hundreds of science experiments every year on the International Space Station.

NASA relies on a diverse team of highly-qualified STEM experts inside the Payload Operations Integration Center – or POIC, the heartbeat for science research on the ISS – at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Staffed 24/7 since 2001, our team plays a critical role assisting astronauts and scientists around the world in researching life sciences, biology, physiology, and space science.
Such research seeks to benefit humanity by improving our quality of life on earth, as well as to best prepare humans for future exploration missions to the moon, Mars, and other deep-space destinations.

In addition, they coordinate all U.S., European, Japanese, and Canadian scientific and commercial experiments on the station, synchronizes payload activities of international partners, and directs communications between station crewmembers and researchers around the world with onboard experiments.

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