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.
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!!
It’s approximately 220 miles away from Earth!!
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!!!!
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!