ISS launched on November 20, 1998 and is still the largest human-made object in low soil that can often be…
ISS launched on November 20, 1998 and is still the largest human-made object in low soil that can often be seen with the naked eye from the earth.
From the humble beginnings as a single load module back in 1998, the International Space Station (ISS) has become a global, expansive and truly exquisite research facility. It has also been a part of quite memorable moments in humanity’s history in space.
ISS was launched on November 20, 1
998 and is still the largest human-made object in low soil that can often be seen with the naked eye from the earth. ISS consists of pressure modules, sun rays, external frames, among other things, while these components were launched using Russian proton and Soyuz rockets as well as US space ferries.
Today, when we remember 20 years in space, let’s look at some of the interesting facts in the International Space Station.
# A successor to liveable artificial satellites, MIR and Skylab, ISS was built by the Russian space agency Roscosmos in collaboration with NASA. The satellite now works as an observatory, laboratory and post to promote humanity’s understanding of its own world and those beyond.
# A landmark of cooperation between Russia and the United States, which lies to rest nuclear power tensions that lasted for decades. ISS was built with efforts from 16 countries, including Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
# About 357 feet long, ISS is the single largest manned object ever placed in space. The station is five times larger than the US Skylab and four times larger than Russia’s MIR.
# In addition to being the longest, it is the most expensive item ever built. The cost of ISS is estimated to be north of $ 120 billion.
# ISS travels on a giant 5 miles per second. This means that the space station circles around the earth every 90 minutes. At the same rate, spacecraft can go to the moon and return to Earth the same day.
# More than 230 people have visited the 150 billion laboratory in space since November 2000. NASA astronaut Bill Shepherd and cosmonauts Sergei Krikalev and Yuri Gidzenko from Russia became the first people to stay on long term on ISS in 2000 .
# ISS has 6 bedrooms and is also the largest space vehicle ever built. The space station is the size of a soccer field.
# The station is expected to work for at least 2028.