Article written by: Dr. Yanina Metodieva
Have you ever wondered what is it like to live in space? How you put things down when there’s no ‘up’ or ‘down’? How do you sleep when nothing holds you to your bed? How you wash your face when the water does not behave normally? Here are some interesting facts about life in space.
The International Space Station. Four different cargo spacecraft deliver science, cargo and supplies: Orbital ATK’s Cygnus, SpaceX’s Dragon, JAXA’s HTV, and the Russian Progress. Credit: NASA/ESA
Some information about the ISS
The International Space Station, or the ISS, is the biggest human-made satellite, with dimensions of 72 by 108 by 20 metres. It is actually the second largest satellite of the Earth, the largest being the Moon, of course! The ISS has a low-Earth orbit, meaning that it is flying ~400 km, or 250 miles above the ground, at a speed of 27,600 km/h (or 17,150 mph). The ISS takes about 92.5 minutes to complete one lap around the planet, allowing the astronauts on board to see about 15 sunsets and sunrises for one Earth day.
Weightlessness, not zero gravity
The ISS provides a safe habitat for ...