International Space Station

International Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) is a low-flying research facility jointly operated by the space agencies of the U.S., Russia, Canada, Japan, and eleven European countries. It was assembled piece by piece in space, starting with a Russian module put into orbit in November, 1998. The first crew arrived two years later. Over fifty missions will be required to assemble the entire thing. Completion is scheduled for 2010.

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How Stuff Works: Space Station4 stars

"Imagine waking up in the morning, looking out your window and seeing this view. Breathtaking, isn't it? What would it be like to live in space?" In six illustrated, hyperlinked pages, How Stuff Works introduces the space station concept in general, and the International Space Station in specific. Best clicks are the pages about "Sustaining a Permanent Environment in Space" and "Propulsion, Communications and Power." Related space articles (How Space Suits Work, How Space Shuttles Work) are listed at the end.

NASA: Space Station4 stars

I can't possibly summarize all the great content NASA provides on their ISS pages, so here are just of few of my favorite sections. Station Science explains all the experiments being carried out on the ISS. Multimedia houses all the video and image galleries. For news on individual space shuttle missions, mouse over to Space Station Section. And for details on seeing the ISS when it flies over your neighborhood, click on "See the ISS in the Night Sky." This section also includes lots of great tips on hosting a star party.

PBS: Space Station3 stars

"The Space Station is the largest manned object ever sent into space, encompassing 43,000 cubic feet of living and working space - the equivalent of two Boeing 747's" Even though this PBS television documentary is eight-years old, the companion website is still worth a visit. Highlights are the interactive quiz in See and Do, ten surprising ISS facts (in The Station), and Living in Space (also in The Station.)

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Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

IMAX: Space Station


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Feldman, Barbara. "International Space Station." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 22 Aug. 2007. Web. 5 Jul. 2015. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/international-space-station/ >.


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