Feb 14, 2011

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the International Space Station

iss above earth 10 Things You Didnt Know About the International Space Station
Photograph by NASA


The International Space Stations (ISS) is one of the greatest human and technological achievements in our history. Space agencies from the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada have come together for a common goal in the name of science and education. It is a symbol of technological excellence and a testament to what we can achieve through collaboration and teamwork. Here are 10 things you may not have known about the International Space Station.


international space station 10 Things You Didnt Know About the International Space Station
Photograph by NASA


1. The International Space Station marked its 10th anniversary of continuous human occupation on Nov. 2, 2010. Since Expedition 1, which launched Oct. 31, 2000, and docked Nov. 2, the space station has been visited by 196 individuals from eight different countries.


tracy caldwell dyson in the cupola module of the international space station observing the earth 10 Things You Didnt Know About the International Space Station
Photograph by NASA


2. The International Space Station can be seen from Earth with the naked eye, and is the largest artificial satellite that has ever orbited Earth.


russian cosmonaut oleg kotov 10 Things You Didnt Know About the International Space Station
Photograph by NASA


3. Since the first module, Zarya, launched at 1:40 a.m. EST on Nov. 20, 1998, the ISS has made a total of 68,519 orbits of our home planet, or about 1.7 billion miles (2.7 billion km) on its odometer.


the soyuz tma 17 spacecraft 10 Things You Didnt Know About the International Space Station
Photograph by NASA


4. As of the Nov. 2 anniversary date there have been 103 launches to the space station: 67 Russian vehicles, 34 space shuttles, one European and one Japanese vehicle. A total of 150 spacewalks have been conducted in support of space station assembly totaling more than 944 hours.


spacewalk on iss 10 Things You Didnt Know About the International Space Station
Photograph by NASA


5. The ISS is operated by Expedition crews of six astronauts and cosmonauts, with the station programme maintaining an uninterrupted human presence in space since the launch of Expedition 1 on 31 October 2000, a total of 10 years and 105 days. The programme thus holds the current record for the longest uninterrupted human presence in space, surpassing the previous record of 3,644 days, set aboard Mir.


moon rock brought to earth by apollo 11 10 Things You Didnt Know About the International Space Station
Moon rock brought to Earth by Apollo 11, floats aboard the International Space Station. The 3.6 billion year-old lunar sample was flown to the station in honor of the July 2009 40th anniversary of the historic first moon landing. – Photograph by NASA


6. The ISS serves as a research laboratory that has a microgravity environment in which crews conduct experiments in biology, chemistry, medicine, physiology and physics, as well as astronomical and meteorological observations


iss 10 Things You Didnt Know About the International Space Station
Photograph by NASA


7. The space station, including its large solar arrays, spans the area of a U.S. football field, including the end zones, and weighs 827,794 pounds (375,481 kilograms). The complex now has more livable room than a conventional five-bedroom house, and has two bathrooms and a gymnasium.


configuration of the iss 10 Things You Didnt Know About the International Space Station
Provided by NASA


8. 3.3 million lines of software code on the ground supports 1.8 million lines of flight software code.


iss control room nasa usa 10 Things You Didnt Know About the International Space Station
Photograph by NASA


9. The entire 55-foot robot arm assembly is capable of lifting 220,000 pounds, which is the weight of a Space Shuttle orbiter.


eruption of cleveland volcano aleutian islands alaska 10 Things You Didnt Know About the International Space Station
Eruption of Cleveland Volcano, Aleutian Islands, Alaska as seen from the ISS – Photograph by NASA


10. The 75 to 90 kilowatts of power for the ISS is supplied by an acre of solar panels.


the iss 10 Things You Didnt Know About the International Space Station
Photograph by NASA







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