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International Space Station (ISS)

Geography | 7-14 yrs | Reading Pod, Animation

13 Awesome Facts about the International Space Station (ISS)

  1. The International space station (ISS) is a working laboratory placed 240 miles above the Earth, housing an international crew.
  2. The construction of ISS began in November, 1998 when the Zarya Control Module, the first piece of its structure, was launched into the space through a Russian Proton rocket.
  3. The ISS is even more spacious than a conventional five-bedroom house.
  4. The ISS completes 15 orbits in a single day.
  5. The astronauts stationed at ISS have taken more than 200,000 photographs of the earth.
  6. The mass of ISS is around 419 tonnes.
  7. The ISS takes about 90 minutes to complete one orbit.
  8. There are over 50 advanced computers working on the ISS.
  9. An astronaut mission to the ISS lasts for half a year.
  10. There are always six astronauts stationed on the ISS.
  11. The cost of the ISS is more than 100 billion dollars.
  12. Several countries and space agencies like USA, Russia, ESA (European Space Agency), Japan, Canada, Brazil and Italy are engaged in the construction of the ISS.
  13. The construction of ISS is expected to be completed by the end of this decade.