Today in Space History: The creation of the International Space Station!
If you were part of Shuttle crew STS-88, and blasting off from the space shuttle for the first of 173 times, you might think this is the longest, most expensive construction job ever since the pyramids! Think of training for months, re-training yourself to work without the benefit of gravity to keep your tools from flying away from you, then working with people who don’t even speak your language, knowing that if you fail, the 100 billion dollar misison will come to nothing!
The ISS is truly a marvel, and still remains the biggest object man has ever taken to space. It flies at 200 miles above the Earth surface, is roughly the size of a Boeng 747, and ways nearly 100,000 pounds! So far, the station has been in space for 5495 days, and carried 38 crews into orbit, mostly made of Russians and Americans.
I would encourage everyone to learn more about the International Space Station, one of the greatest of humanity’s achievents in my lifetime, and a center of research and exploration that gives me hope for our future.
Resources about the Interantional Space Station:
- NASA- Official Website of the International Space Station- http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html
- NASA Kids Club- A fun way of learning about all space topics, in the format of a kids’ satelite: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/clubhouse/index.html
- ISS Tracker.com- An interactive map that allows you to see where the station is before you try to find it with your own eyes! http://www.isstracker.com/
- Space.com- “Inside and Out”: Info-graphic Of the International Space Station