Celebrating 12 years in space this November, the International Space Station is interesting in its own way. Let’s take a look at some of the facts about this space station.
Serving as an outpost for astronauts to conduct research, the International Space Station (ISS) is a marvel of a man-made structure. Having completed 10 years of orbiting the earth, the ISS is a one-of-its-kind laboratory cum observatory. It is equipped with solar arrays and skywalks, which make it a perfect platform for astronauts working in space; besides, it serves as a dock for space shuttles or expedition vehicles as they are called. The ISS sums up as a workstation, and more importantly, as a ‘home among the stars’ for the astronauts and space researchers.
Here’s all you want to know about the International Space Station.
Enthralling Facts in Numbers
The International Space Station is, by far, the largest spacecraft to be ever built and assembled in space. As per statistics of August 2011, a total of 135 launches to the space station have been conducted. The first component of the space station was propelled with the aid of Zarya control module in November 1998. The facts outlined below will give you an idea behind the working and structure of the ISS.
The International Space Station, once completed, is expected to be visible by the naked eye. Needless to say, you can track the orbiting ISS by just looking up at the sky.