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International Space Station (ISS), once completed,
the greatest orbiting laboratory available.
The ISS is being built by an international
partnership of countries and space agencies, each
contributing various modules. The partners are
USA, Russia, ESA (European Space Agency), Japan
and Canada. In addition, Brazil and Italy are
contributing equipment through agreements with the
The ISS is being built in stages. Work began in
1998 to place the first modules of the station
into orbit above the Earth. The first components
were the Zarya functional and cargo module and the
Unity connecting module, which were successfully
joined in December 1998.
then, many launches have sent other
modules and components to the station.
These include the Zvezda service module
(Russia), the Destiny laboratory (US) and
the Photovoltaic module (US).
Ultimately, the station will be the largest object
outside the earth made by a human hand. The
construction and operation of this space station
represent the greatest scientific and technical
project ever achieved by global cooperation. Highly
qualified engineers and scientists from 15 nations
are involved in the construction and are creating a
powerful research center in the near-earth orbit for
the peaceful use of space.
Yuri Malenchenko, Expedition 7 mission commander,
works at the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS)
in the Destiny laboratory on the ISS. He also was the first
person to be married in space.
The station will orbit the earth at a speed of
approx. 28,000 km per hour at an altitude between
350 and 450 km. One earth orbit lasts about 90
minutes. The station will be powered by gigantic
solar panels which produce 110 kW of electrical
power. When completed, the station will have a total
weight of approximately 500 tons.
Saturday, April 28, 2001, Dennis Tito became
the first private citizen to fly aboard the
space station. He paid 20 million dollars
for the privilege.
crew members Gennady Padalka (Russia), top,
Michael Fincke (USA), center, and Andre
Kuipers (Dutch) wave before boarding their
spacecraft for a launch on Monday, April 19,
spaceship, launched at 0318 GMT from
Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Commander Gennady Padalka, 45, and flight
engineer Edward "Mike" Fincke, 37,
will replace two colleagues who have lived
aboard the complex since October 2003.
A third passenger aboard the Soyuz is Dutch
flight engineer André Kuipers, 45.
He will remain on the station for nine days
to perform a series of commercial
experiments and return to Earth with the
outgoing station crew.
Comeing home are NASA's Michael Foale and
flight engineer Alexander Kaleri of the
Russian space agency.
is the official patch issued to the first
crews who went to the International Space
are some facts on the International Space
Space Station is the largest manned object
ever sent into space, encompassing over 43,000
cubic feet of living and working space.
Space Station consists of 70 separate major
components and hundreds of minor ones, all
of which will be assembled for the first
time in space.
fully constructed, the Space Station will be
visible to more than 90 percent of the
the Space Station will require at least 45
launches and over 1,705 hours of space
need a little less sleep in space because
our bodies do very little work in a
microgravity environment. It takes no effort
at all to raise an arm, hold your head up,
or move a bulky object.
Space Station circles the Earth every 90
human body tends to lose muscle and bone
mass rapidly in space. To fight this loss,
at least two hours of strenuous exercise is
built into every astronaut's daily schedule.
aboard the Space Station will spend more
time working on experiments than anything
else. Many projects require teamwork, so
astronauts frequently work in pairs.
Space Station is the most expensive single
object ever built. The United States'
participation has been estimated at $96
billion - a figure that nearly equals the
combined cost of all of the Apollo missions
to the moon.
construction of the Space Station is a
collaboration of 100,000 people, hundreds of
companies, and sixteen nations spread over
four continents, among them the United
States, Russia, Canada, Japan, Belgium,
Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the
Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
to know where the ISS currently is?
for a real-time update to it's location.
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