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March 26, 2015

"A vast outpost"


5,200 Days in Space: The International Space Station is a vast outpost,
its scale inspiring awe even in the astronauts who have constructed it. From the edge of one solar panel to the edge of the opposite one, the station stretches the length of a football field, including the end zones. The station weighs nearly 1 million pounds, and its solar arrays cover more than an acre. It’s as big inside as a six-bedroom house, more than 10 times the size of a space shuttle’s interior. Astronauts regularly volunteer how spacious it feels. It’s so big that during the early years of three-person crews, the astronauts would often go whole workdays without bumping into one another, except at mealtimes. Indeed, it’s so big, you can see it tracing across the night sky when it passes overhead (there are apps for finding it, ISS Spotter among them).

Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 26, 2015 4:48 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I use NASA's "Spot the Station" website. It sends you an email to let you know when the space station passes over your area, and other spotting details. It's a great way to start teaching your children about directions and degrees. And it's a great time to pray for the astronauts, too, if you are so inclined.

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