American Society for Gravitational and Space Research

Congratulations for Blue Origin for their successful maiden flight of New Shepard. Blue Origin plans to open their doors for sub-orbital business in mid 2016. See SpaceRef Article for more info. 

The U.S. congress has passed a bipartisan U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (H.R. 2262) on November 16 2015. The bill awaits signature by President Obama. If signed, the bill becomes law and extends the ISS to 2024, affirming longer use of the ISSNL for users such as the ASGSR community.

ASGSR 2015 had a successful meeting at the Westin-Alexandria November 11-14, 2015.  We had record attendance of 530 participants and record number of students - 90! Many thanks to all those who participated in the meeting.  Save the date Cleveland October 26-29, 2016.

Looking for a career in planetary botany?  Go no further, we have our own in ASGSR. See article Huffington Post - Why I'm naming a New Plant Species after "The Martian", and the shout out to Dr. John Kiss. Come to ASGSR 2015 meeting and meet the scientists who are doing  microgravity research in botany.

The July 2015 issue of Gravitational and Space Research (Vol. 3, No. 1) has been published, and can be accessed at

12th grade students from the agricultural program at the Edith Stein School in Ravensburg, Germany have set up a research project to examine how crops can be cultivated in the microgravity of space. This is Germany's first crowd funded school experiment to be flown on the ISS. But the students need your help - visit V3PO for more information and how to donate.

NASA announces the availability of preserved biospecimens from past Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) missions and related ground studies. Examples of past missions with available biospecimens include, but are not limited to, STS-131, STS-133, and SpaceX-4 RR-1. Detailed information describing the available biospecimens can be found on the NASA Life Science Data Archive (LSDA) website. 


The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and its NASA and NSBRI partners are seeking to fly standard research models for specific disease conditions in experiments aboard the International Space Station National Laboratory.Data from these experiments would be made available via an open science platform under development by NASA called GeneLab. Click here to take a survey to help determine the most appropriate models to fly aboard the ISS.

Dr. Jim Pawelczyk, Penn State University, provided 10 July 2015 testimony to the U.S. House Science Space Subcommittee on the status of life and physical science research on the International Space Station, and importance of developing and implementing a research program that will take humans to Mars. Click here to see archived webcast of the hearing and written testimony.

NASA has announced the release of the first version of an open-access, online searchable data repository for Space Biology experiments.  The data system is publicly available at See ASGSR Newsroom  Latest News for information on Genelab.

NASA has announced the roll-out of the Physical Science Informatics (PSI) data repository for physical science experiments performed on the International Space Station (ISS). The PSI system is now accessible and open to the public. This will be a resource for researchers to data mine the PSI system and expand upon the valuable research performed on the ISS. Click on latest news for more information.

Bring 'Chics in Space' to the ISS. Three teenage sisters in the DreamUp program powered by Nanoracks are raising funds via crowd sourcing to send their Garden of Eton, a hydroponic garden' to the International Space Station. Click here for more information.

How research in space could help treat old age on Earth - See Washington Post article about Millie Hughes-Fulfords's research on the International Space Station.

Congratulations to Dr. John Kiss, dean of the Graduate School at University of Mississippi on receiving a NASA Medal for Outstanding Public Leadership for his exceptional contributions in spaceflight research in the fundamental biology of plants in support of NASA’s exploration mission.


asgsb_image2Welcome to the home page of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR). ASGSR was formerly known as the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology (ASGSB). As of June 2012, the ASGSB began its transformation to ASGSR as a result of historical membership vote to expand the charter to include basic and applied physical sciences. The heritage of the society was founded in 1984 to foster research, education and professional development in the multidisciplinary fields of gravitational research.  ASGSR brings together a diverse group of scientists and engineers to encourage an exchange of ideas bridging basic and applied biological and physical science research and technology in space and gravitational sciences. The members represent academia, government, and industry interests bonded by a common issue - how living organisms and physical systems respond to gravity.


What is Gravitational Research?

The effects of gravity on biology and physical systems have been acknowledged since Galileo’s time, but it has only been since the 1960s that gravitational biologists and physical scientists could also explore an environment where the force of gravity can be removed. It was quickly realized that the near-absence of gravity has a fundamentally unique effect on many biological and physical systems that cannot be investigated for any duration of time on Earth.  With the birth of the space age, the opportunity for experimentation over the full spectrum of gravity levels became a reality, and a new environment and research tool became available. Our goal is to explore the response of biology and physical systems to novel environments, and to understand biological and physical phenomena associated with changes in gravitational signals - especially those associated with spaceflight and analogs for extraterrestrial environments.

We seek to expand the knowledge of the impact of these environments on biology and physical systems, and to mentor the next generation of scientists and engineers. We are scientists in academic, commercial and federal laboratories seeking to understand how gravity shapes our world. Gravity is a fundamental force in which the effects on biological and physical systems are not well understood. Understanding how gravity acts upon fundamental life and physical world mechanisms parlays into thousands of applications. For space exploration to succeed, this requires a better grasp of gravity.

This includes key insights into osteoporosis, calcium signal transduction, muscle metabolism, combustion, fluid physics, and quantum gases obtained through research in microgravity environments. This research has given us a new way to look at the world and our place in it - using gravity (or lack of) as a research tool Join us today to further this valuable endeavour.
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