International Space Station

The International Space Station (or ISS) is a Space Station jointly being constructed by NASA and the Russian Space Agency, along with Canada, Japan, Brazil, and the ESA, in an effort to send astronauts into space for long durations and conduct experiments in space. Construction began in 1998 and is scheduled to be completed in 2011. Our International Space Station category is for questions related to the International Space Station and its operations.

Asked in Rhinoceroses, Humor & Amusement, International Space Station, Black Rhinoceroses

If a herd of black rhinos and purple hippos lived in a Space Station how much oxygen would they consume?

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One would think that the amount of oxygen used, would be the same as a herd of purple rhinos and black hippos, in the same situation. That is assuming a space craft could be developed that would carry the weight of the said animals to the space station in the first place
Asked in Space Travel and Exploration, Space Shuttle, Challenger and Columbia Disasters, International Space Station

What are the names of the two space shuttles that malfunctioned and disintegrated each causing personal tragedy and a significant setback to the American space program?

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The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launch on January 28, 1986. The Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon re-entry on February 1, 2003. There were seven astronauts on each shuttle, and all perished during these events. The breakup of the space shuttle Challenger was caused by the failure of two O- rings in one of the solid rocket boosters (SRB's) to properly seal. There had been problems with the seal on other missions, but it is thought that the decision to launch in near-freezing temperatures contributed to the failure, making the seal rigid and unable to seal properly. This led to a catastrophic chain of events. Hot gases escaped from the SRB, followed by a flame, damaging the clamp securing the SRB, and burning through the external fuel tank causing the tank to disintegrate. The forces created caused the orbiter to disintegrate (it did not explode) before the debris crashed into the ocean. The Columbia Space Shuttle disintegrated upon re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere on February 1, 2003. The Columbia sustained damage to its thermal protection system during launch. NASA suspected damage to the shuttle while they were still in orbit, but decided the foam would not have caused enough damage to endanger the shuttle. The damage allowed hot gases to penetrate and destroy the internal wing structure, causing the shuttle break up upon re-entry.
Asked in Astronomy, Space Shuttle, International Space Station

How does earth stay in space and not fall?

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The gravitational pull of the Sun keeps the planets in orbit without "falling." This is the same effect the Earth has on the Moon.
Asked in International Space Station, Astronauts

Name a complaint an astronaut might have about living on the space station?

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bad food, lonely, no gravity, no bathroom, no fresh air, cramped, cold
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Do the space station carry people?

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Does* Yes, up to seven at a time. These are usually from multiple countries worldwide (hence the International space station) and the current (2/24/13) crew is from the US, Russia, and Canada.
Asked in History of Australia, Space Travel and Exploration, International Space Station

What was Skylab?

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It was the first space station built by American astronauts. It was abandoned in 1974. It re-entered and burned up in Earth's atmosphere in 1979.
Asked in Environmental Issues, Space Travel and Exploration, International Space Station

What was the name of the first Russian space station?

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Mir (Мир) was the first Russian space station. The word means Peace, World or Society. It was was operational from 1986 to 2001.
Asked in International Space Station

Who invented the iss?

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jerry zendejas march 29 1997
Asked in Space Travel and Exploration, International Space Station, NASA

How many space stations have there been in space?

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12 altogether. There were 9 Russian Salyut space stations and also Mir, the US' Skylab, and now the International Space Station.
Asked in Space Shuttle, International Space Station, NASA

Why a space shuttle take off vertically?

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Because if it took off horizontally, it would continue to circle the earth, hitting all those people in the boats that are watching the take-off, then continue until it came to a land mass and possibly strike buildings, vehicles, people...until it exploded into a fireball of great magnitude. So, to avoid this, NASA decided to have the shuttles take off vertically. < It takes off vertically to reach less dense air ( less drag and aerodynamic heating ), and then begins a pitch maneuver to increase its tangential ( to the Earth) velocity; which eventually leads to a continuous orbit about the Earth. This procedure reduces the necessary on board mass of propellant on the spacecraft. The shuttle is essentially in free fall around the Earth ( imagine a cannon being fired at such a speed that it as it falls, the curvature of the Earth decreases in a proportional manner).>
Asked in International Space Station

When will the international space station fly over Seattle WA?

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1. and click database and select your location 2. Now in home page, click "ISS" to see a table of ISS timings Note direction and timings and look at the sky at exact time and you will definitely catch a good glimpse of it. The more the negative value of "MAG" in the the table implies more Brightness
Asked in Distances and Travel Times, International Space Station, Mumbai, London

Is Hotel Sun-n-Sand of Mumbai is nearer to CST station than to Dadar station?

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Sun N Sand is nearer to Dadar than Mumbai CST. From Mumbai CST it would be 30 odd kms, whereas from Dadar it would be 15 odd kms. It should take 45 -90 minutes depending upon the traffic situation from Dadar to Sun n Sand.
Asked in Space Travel and Exploration, Space Shuttle, International Space Station

Is it less expensive to launch an interplanetary spacecraft from the International Space Station in earth's orbit than from earth itself?

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NO getting the equipment into space would cost much more than just launching them from earth. First you have to get it up to the space station then you have launch it.....what kinda question is this?
Asked in Health, International Space Station

Where does the International Space Station dispose of human waste?

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Solid human waste is compressed, stored and loaded onto the next shuttle or Progress supply craft. The Progress and its contents burn up during re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere. Shuttles return the waste to Earth. Urine is processed to become usable as water for drinking and washing.
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Can you see the orbit of the ISS?

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It is possible to see the ISS pass overhead. There are websites that will tell you when it can be seen from your location, some of which are listed below. This only happens in any part of the world about every two months, but it will then happen regularly for about 10 days to two weeks, so you would get lots of chances to see it. It looks like a bright moving star, taking a few minutes to pass over.
Asked in International Space Station, International Space Agencies

How does the International Space Station make oxygen?

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I found this article at (see link in related links) I hope is helps. "Built by Russian engineers, the Elektron device aboard the space station uses electrolysis to separate water into hydrogen, which is dumped overboard, and oxygen. The 1,500-pound (680-kilogram) OGS rack works in much the same way, and will be able to provide 12 pounds of breathable oxygen daily under normal operations, NASA officials said."
Asked in Earth Sciences, Space Travel and Exploration, International Space Station

Why are space stations important for scientific research?

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Space stations are not important for scientific research. They are important for space exploration, that is in order to put humans on Mars. However, instruments like the Hubble space telescope are much more important for scientific research as they enable us to look into unknown regions of space. As such they improve our understanding of the universe. Of similar importance are particle accelerators like the LHC at CERN in Switzerland which probe matter at the smallest scale and thus help us understand fundamental questions of particle physics for example the origin of mass.