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Earth Sciences from the International Space Station and
The Window Observational Research Facility (WORF): Objectives

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The goals of the WORF Program are to provide a facility in the U.S. Laboratory Module of the International Space Station to support Earth Science research and contribute to the NASA Earth Science Enterprise to further Earth Science and Remote Sensing applications, research, technology, and commercial efforts. This also supports the NASA 25-year Strategic Roadmap and the primary HEDS goal of increasing human knowledge of nature's processes and characterizing the entire Earth system using the space environment.
Areas of research will include interdisciplinary scientific studies of Earth systems and processes, global ecological changes in the Earth's biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and climate system, Earth resources and episodic events including natural hazards affecting human activities. The WORF will also support a robust crew Earth Imaging and Observations program as a continuation of on-going Space Shuttle crew-directed Earth observation photography and imaging. The WORF will also be a resource for public outreach and educational opportunities for Earth Sciences (e.g., the EarthKAM, etc.).
The WORF will provide a stable platform such that the full capacity of the U.S. Laboratory window (the highest optical quality window ever flown on an inhabited spacecraft) can be utilized. The WORF will provide payload support infrastructure including mounting hardware, power, cooling, and access to the ISS data system. The WORF will provide protection for the interior of the Lab window and control stray light exchange between the Lab interior and the external Station environment. The WORF will be economically based upon structures and electronics already designed and certified for operation onboard the ISS and will allow easy periodic upgrade and changeout of support subsystems. WORF computer interfaces will maximize commonality with ISS command and data handling systems.
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