The International Space Station, home-away-from-home and a social, cultural study site. ISS mosaic created with imagery from Expedition 66.
Credit: NASA

A worldwide group of researchers is engaged in a unique, archaeological study of crew culture within the International Space station, focused on the orbiting habitat as a “microsociety in a miniworld.”

This global inside look at the ISS is called The International Space Station Archaeological Project (ISSAP) and is expected to supply new insights regarding human life in space and issues of habitation design.

Watch this space! Archaeological research is underway.
Credit: NASA

Findings of the ISSAP could prove useful to other mini working cultures here on Earth, be they Antarctic research stations, long-deployment nuclear submarines, and on a more outer space-oriented note, future Mars expeditions.  

Go to my new Space.com story – “’Space archaeology’ research on the ISS will help design better space habitats – The new project could aid NASA’s crewed push to Mars” – at:

https://www.space.com/space-archaeology-iss-crew-culture-project

One Response to “Digging Into the International Space Station: Archaeological Study Focuses on Off-Earth “Miniworld””

  • James Davis says:

    Anthropology is behaviour.
    Anthropologists study people and primates (such as chimps), researching their cultural, physical, and social development over time. Archaeologists investigate history by finding and studying the remains and objects a society leaves behind.

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