‘Space archaeology’ research on the ISS will help design better space habitats

A unique archaeological study of crew culture within the International Space Station (ISS) will focus on the orbiting habitat as a “microsociety in a miniworld.”

This inside look at the ISS, called the International Space Station Archaeological Project (ISSAP), is expected to supply new insight into human life in space and issues of habitation design. The findings could prove useful for other mini working cultures here on Earth, such as Antarctic research stations and long-deployment nuclear submarines, as well as for future Mars missions.