Some facts about the International Space Station
Courtesy of NASA
The International Space Station is a unique place, a convergence of science, technology and human innovation that
demonstrates new technologies and makes research breakthroughs not possible on Earth.
It has an international crew of six, that live and work while traveling at a speed of five miles per second, orbiting Earth every 90 minutes.
or 16 times per day
The space station has been continuously occupied since November 2000. In that time, 222 people from 18 countries have visited.
Crew members spend about 35 hours each week conducting research, areas include Earth, space, physical and biological sciences for the
benefit of people living on our home planet.
After the moon, it the next brightest object in the sky and can be seen with the naked eye.
The solar array wingspan is just under 74 metres
Fifty-two computers control the systems on the ISS.
The ISS weighs almost 420,000kg
The ISS measures 110 metres end-to-end.
3.3 million lines of software code on the ground support 1.8 million lines of flight software code.
Eight miles of wire connects the electrical power system.
In the International Space Station's U.S. segment alone, 1.5 million lines of flight software code run on 44 computers,
communicating via 100 data networks, transferring 400,000 signals.
The entire 55-foot robot arm assembly is capable of lifting 100,000kg, which is the weight of a space shuttle orbiter.
The 75 to 90 kilowatts of power for the ISS is supplied by an acre of solar panels.
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