[2015] Karin Zulerons: ISS

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[2015] Karin Zulerons: ISS

By: Karin Zulerons

The ISS cost $300 billion to build and launch

ISS(International Space Station)

The ISS orbiting Earth

The ISS is a habitable human-made satelite. The ISS is the largest artificial body in orbit and weighs nearly 925,000 pounds. The ISS has 2 bathrooms, a gym and has more room than a 6 bedroom house. It took 10 years to assemble and was launched into orbit on November 20, 1998. It's 4 times bigger than the Russian space station Mir and 5 times bigger than the U.S. Skylab. The ISS travels at an average speed of 27,724 km/h. The ISS completes 15.5 orbits a day. It orbits Earth 420 km above the Earth's surface. It was built to be a space environment research lab and observatory where members can conduct experiments in scientific fields. It appears as a slow moving dot in the sky. It has been visited by astronauts and cosmonauts from 15 nations. The ISS is the size of a football field.

The ISS was invented by Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and U.S.A. It was built in the U.S.A. and assembled in space.

The alternative uses of the ISS are it encourages international cooperation and is used as a space port.

The ISS has had many technical and mechanical problems over the years that the astronauts have repaired on spacewalks and in other creative ways. For example, it's unit that distributes power was repaired with an allen wrench, a wire brush, a bolt and a toothbrush.

The ISS orbiting Earth

Current plans call for the ISS to continue running until at least 2024.

Canada's contribution to the ISS is Canadarm2, Dextre a 2-armed robotic "handyman", and the Mobile Base a moveable work platform and storage facillity.



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