This talk was given for the virtual MSU Science Festival on May 27, 2020. Note that there are many gifs and videos in the presentation that won't render in this pdf.
Humans have had orbital space stations since the early 1970s to do science experiments in the microgravity of near-Earth space. As you read this, there are more than 200 experiments happening above our heads on the International Space Station and Tiangong-2! We learn how microgravity affect astronauts’ bodies, observe bright explosions from neutron stars in our galaxy, find that salmonella bacteria grow more robustly in space, look for evidence of dark matter with cosmic ray detectors, and literally watch paint dry in the vacuum of space. In this talk I’ll cover the different space stations throughout history and highlight the coolest space station science happening right now.
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