A space crew of six astronauts from all over the world live and work at the International Space Station (ISS) while traveling at a speed of five miles per second. The Station is larger than a six-bedroom house, and has six separate sleeping quarters, two bathrooms, a gym and a 360-degree view bay window. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting facts about the ISS:
- The ISS has been continuously occupied since November 2000, and the longest time someone has lived in it was Peggy Whitson with 665 days.
- In order to mitigate the loss of muscle and bone mass in the body due to long exposure to microgravity, all astronauts aboard the ISS must work out at least two hours a day.
- The Station is 356 feet (109 meters) end-to-end, which is just one yard shy of a full length American football field including the end zone, and eight spaceships can be connected to the ISS at once.
- A spacecraft can arrive at the Space Station as soon as four hours after launching from Earth.
- The ISS has two water recovery systems that process vapor from the atmosphere that could be used for drinking in an emergency but is normally fed to a different system to produce oxygen. Moreover, the other one processes water vapor collected from the atmosphere and urine into drinking water.
- There are more than 50 computers inside the ISS that control the systems on the Station, and more than 3 million lines of software code on the ground support more than 1.5 million lines of flight software code.
Wouldn't it be awesome to experience living in space if only for a week?
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