The International Space Station (ISS) is a satellite or laboratory located in the orbit of Earth so that scientists can stay in it and work in space for a long time. It can have up to six scientists at a time.
Facts about International Space Station
1. The International Space Station is the most expensive thing ever made by humans, which has cost a total of $ 160 billion. This amount is more than Rs 11 lakh crore, from which more than 150 Taj Mahals can be built.
2. The space station revolves around the Earth at a speed of 24 hours 27,600 km per hour. In this way it completes one round of the earth every 92 minutes and takes 15 and a half rounds of the earth in a day.
3. The space station orbits Earth at an altitude of 330 to 435 km. Due to such a low height, it is often visible with naked eyes in the clear sky.
4. The International Space Station was launched on 20 November 1998, the thing to note here is that its parts were sent through 136 flights, its parts were added by the scientists in space itself.
5. The ISS was earlier said to be in space till 2011, but after an agreement it was decided that it would be used by 2020.
6. The space station weighs 4,19,455 kg. In this way it is the heaviest object sent by humans to space.
7. The space station has a length of 72.8 meters, width 108.5 meters and height 20 meters. It has more than 6 bedrooms.
8. The space station also has 2 bathrooms and a gym. Scientists keep their body fit while exercising in the gym because they have a bad effect on their body due to their long time in space.
9. So far, more than 200 scientists from 15 countries have visited the International Space Station. Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams of India have also done research on this.
10. You are hardly aware that Kalpana Chawla and her fellow passengers were killed by the spacecraft that exploded while landing on the ground, returning from the International Space Station.
11. Leafy lettuce has also been successfully grown at the International Space Station. The scientists at the station had eaten half of it and kept it half safe so that it could be scientifically analyzed on Earth.
12. The United States, Russia, Canada, Japan and 11 member countries of the European Space Agency (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom) contributed to the creation of the ISS. is.