International Space Station Fast Facts – CNN.com


(CNN) — Here’s a look at what you need to know about the International Space Station (ISS), a spacecraft built by a partnership of 16 nations.

The 16 nations are the United States, Canada, Japan, Russia, Brazil, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

At full capacity, the almost one-million-pound space station will include six laboratories and provide more research space than any spacecraft ever built. There will be enough living space for a crew of seven.

Information on ISS crews and expeditions can be found here.

Statistics (as of June 2014) Source: NASA

The ISS includes three main modules connected by nodes: the U.S. Laboratory Module Destiny, the European Research Laboratory Columbus, and the Japanese Experiment Module Kibo (Hope). Each was launched separately and connected in space by astronauts.

The ISS weighs 924,739 lbs (419,456 kilograms)

Habitable Volume: 13,696 cubic feet (388 cubic meters)

Solar Array Length: 239.4 feet (73 meters)

There have been 180 spacewalks conducted in support of space station assembly, totaling almost 1,130 hours.

The space station has been visited by 214 individuals.

According to Johnson Space Center, as of August 2014, there have been 151 launches to the space station: 98 Russian vehicles, 37 space shuttles, seven U.S. commercial vehicles, five European vehicles and four Japanese vehicles.

On its tenth anniversary (November 2, 2010), the ISS is estimated to have made 57,361 orbits around the earth.

via International Space Station Fast Facts – CNN.com.

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Since the International Space Station has been in the news recently and is the host of several successful ISS to school programs, I thought it appropriate to list some of the basic facts and figures associated with this space platform orbiting above us.  Thanks to CNN and NASA for the  article.

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