51 U.S. Code § 70905 - National laboratory designation
National laboratory designation
(a)Definition of United States Segment of the International Space Station.—In this section the term “United States segment of the International Space Station” means those elements of the International Space Station manufactured—
To further the policy described in section 70501(a) of this title, the United States segment of the International Space Station is hereby designated a national laboratory.
The Administrator may enter into a contract with a nongovernmental entity to operate the International Space Station national laboratory, subject to all applicable Federal laws and regulations.