International Space Station


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By Katie

The other day one of my friends, Adam , told me about “the International Space Station” – he said that it would be passing over us tonight the 19th of October at exactly 8.35pm for 2 minutes, and he told us where in the sky it would be.

A picture of the space station ( NASA picture )

A picture of the space station ( NASA picture )

So I wanted to find out a little bit more about it.  Here’s what I found: apparently it’s the size of a football pitch!! It was gradually built in space between 1998 and 2011.  In the Space Station there are 2 bathrooms and 6 bedrooms.  There are even science labs!! And… a big bay window with AMAZING views!!

Picture of the inside of ISS ( NASA picture )

Picture of the inside of ISS
( NASA picture )

It’s approximately 220 miles away from Earth!!

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Picture of the view from ISS ( NASA picture )

Right now the 17th crew are aboard the Space Station, it’s been continuously manned for 15 years. So on the 19th at 8.35pm mum and I went out to the garden to look for it and guess what… We saw it!!!!! It was flying above us at nearly 8km a second! That’s nine times faster than a bullet!! Can you believe that it only takes 90 minutes for the Space Station to go around the Earth!!!!

People on board the ISS ( NASA picture )

People on board the ISS
( NASA picture )

It was nothing like I was expecting and before it started we saw a shooting star!! It’s the first shooting star I’ve seen!! The Space Station was very clear because the sun reflects against it ( but only for 2 minutes, then it vanishes!). It looks like a grey yellowy colour from here.  If you want to see the Space Station , you can find out exactly when it’s flying over you  (http://www.spotthestation.nasa.gov ). You can only see it shining when it’s dark and not cloudy. A couple of nights ago it was perfect – thank you Adam!

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