Life into Space
The Challenge: As new researchers submitted proposals to and were funded by NASA, they had no easy way of finding previously completed research related to their field of study. Neither was there any way to search for and uncover the results of "unsuccessful" experiments, that might affect their proposal, experiment design, or equipment usage.
The Solution: Mains Associates conducted extensive research, using archives, publications, and direct contact with PI's, into life sciences-related experiment, including their designs, descriptions, equipment, and research results. We then designed a format that would be easy to understand for colleagues, engineers, and mission management. We also created an index that allowed searching and cross-referencing to find appropriate content. The first two editions of Life Into Space were published by NASA in hard-back format, while the third was published online. All three versions are now available online.