Assembly of the International Space Station has been complete for almost a year, but the community of its potential users still is taking shape. Station-partner space agencies are starting to get good results with their own research, but U.S. efforts to open up the station to all comers, via a “National Lab” setup, are off to a slow start. Researchers have used the station's microgravity environment in orbit to collect data that will have valuable applications on the ground, despite snags as ...

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